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To Thrive. v.n. pret. throve, and sometimes less properly thrived. part. thriven. [Of this word there is found no satisfactory etymology: in the northern dialect they use throdden, to make grow; perhaps throve was the original word, from throa, Islandick, to encrease.] To prosper; to grow rich; to advance in any thing desired.

He came forth with his clowns horst on poor cart-jades, and so furnished, that if this be thrift, I wish my subjects never thrive. Sidney.

The better thou thrivest, the gladder am I. Tusser.

If lord Percy thrive not, ere the king
Dismiss his power, he means to visit us.

It grew amongst bushes, where commonly plants do not thrive. Bacon's Nat. Hist. № 620.

            They by vices thrive,
Sail on smooth seas, and at their port arrive.

O son! why sit we here, each other viewing
Idly, while Satan, our great author, thrives
In other worlds, and happier seat provides
For us, his offspring dear?
Milton's Par. Lost, b. x.

Those who have resolved upon the thriving sort of piety, seldom embark all their hopes in one bottom. Decay of Piety.

A careful shepherd not only turns his flock into a common pasture, but with particular advertence observes the thriving of every one. Decay of Piety.

Growth is of the very nature of some things: to be and to thrive is all one with them; and they know no middle season between their spring and their fall. South's Serm.

Experienc'd age in deep despair was lost,
To see the rebel thrive, the loyal crost.

Seldom a thriving man turns his land into money to make the greater advantage. Locke.

The thriven calves in meads their food forsake,
And render their sweet souls before the plenteous rack.
Dryden's Virgil.

A little hope — but I have none.
On air the poor camelions thrive,
Deny'd ev'n that my love can live.

Such a care hath always been taken of the city charities, that they have thriven and prospered gradually from their infancy, down to this very day. Atterbury's Sermons.

In the fat age of pleasure, wealth and ease,
Sprung the rank weed, and thriv'd with large increase.
Pope's Essay on Criticism.

Diligence and humility is the way to thrive in the riches of the understanding, as well as in gold. Watt's Logick.

Sources: Allestree, Richard (89) · Atterbury, Francis (75) · Bacon, Francis (396) · Dryden, John (788) · Granville, George (23) · Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 1 (46) · Locke, John (269) · Milton, John (449) · Pope, Alexander (393) · Sandys, George (23) · Sidney, Philip (140) · South, Robert (158) · Tusser, Thomas (25) · Watts, Isaac (116)

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