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 for thrive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Thrive \Thrive\ (thr[imac]v), v. i. [imp. Throve (thr[=o]v) or
     Thrived (thr[imac]vd); p. p. Thrived or Thriven
     (thr[i^]v"'n); p. pr. & vb. n. Thriving.] [OE.
     [thorn]riven, Icel. [thorn]r[imac]fask; probably originally,
     to grasp for one's self, from [thorn]r[imac]fa to grasp; akin
     to Dan. trives to thrive, Sw. trifvas. Cf. Thrift.]
     1. To prosper by industry, economy, and good management of
        property; to increase in goods and estate; as, a farmer
        thrives by good husbandry.
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              Diligence and humility is the way to thrive in the
              riches of the understanding, as well as in gold.
                                                    --I. Watts.
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     2. To prosper in any business; to have increase or success.
        "They by vices thrive." --Sandys.
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              O son, why sit we here, each other viewing
              Idly, while Satan, our great author, thrives?
                                                    --Milton.
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              And so she throve and prospered.      --Tennyson.
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     3. To increase in bulk or stature; to grow vigorously or
        luxuriantly, as a plant; to flourish; as, young cattle
        thrive in rich pastures; trees thrive in a good soil.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  thrive
      v 1: grow vigorously; "The deer population in this town is
           thriving"; "business is booming" [syn: boom, thrive,
           flourish, expand]
      2: make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or
         reach a high point in historical significance or importance;
         "The new student is thriving" [syn: thrive, prosper, fly
         high, flourish]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  54 Moby Thesaurus words for "thrive":
     advance, arrive, batten, be energetic, be vigorous, bloom, blossom,
     boom, brew, burgeon, burst with energy, come on, develop, fatten,
     flourish, flower, fructify, gather, germinate, go, grow, grow fat,
     grow up, have energy, hypertrophy, increase, make out, mature,
     mushroom, outgrow, overdevelop, overflow with energy, overgrow,
     overtop, procreate, progress, prosper, pullulate, reproduce, ripen,
     score, shoot up, spring up, sprout, sprout up, succeed, tower,
     turn out well, upshoot, upspear, upspring, upsprout, vegetate,
     wax
  
  

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