To thrive is to do well or flourish. If your new cookie delivery business thrives, you'll be rolling in dough — not literally, of course.

The verb thrive means to flourish or grow vigorously, and it can be applied to something like a business or to something or someone's actual health. Plants can thrive in a greenhouse, and children can thrive if they eat well and exercise. Thriving can also be used more figuratively — "The women thrived on gossip; they loved knowing who was dating or divorcing whom."

Definitions of thrive
  1. verb
    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
    synonyms: flourish, fly high, prosper
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    fail to progress or succeed
    type of:
    change state, turn
    undergo a transformation or a change of position or action
  2. verb
    grow vigorously
    “The deer population in this town is thriving
    synonyms: boom, expand, flourish
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    be brought back to life, consciousness, or strength
    thrive profusely or flourish extensively
    type of:
    become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
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