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Related to throve: thrive


A past tense of thrive.
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a past tense of thrive
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v.i. thrived throve, thrived thriv•en (ˈθrɪv ən) thriv•ing.
1. to prosper; be successful.
2. to grow or develop vigorously; flourish.
[1150–1200; Middle English < Old Norse thrīfast to thrive, reflexive of thrīfa to grasp]
thriv′er, n.
thriv′ing•ly, adv.
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The little maid throve wonderfully, and in a few months she could run about and speak.
They had a great deal of trouble and worry with him too; but he throve and grew very quickly, and before he was a year old he could run about and talk.
The painters we throve by had died long enough ago for pedigrees to get confused, and identities disputable; and if I had been desirous of really purchasing a genuine Old Master for myself--speaking as a practical man--I don't know where I should have gone to ask for one, or whose judgment I could have safely relied on to guard me from being cheated, before I bought it.

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