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failure to thrive

A medical term used to describe an infant or young child who has experienced delays in physical growth, for a variety of possible reasons. I'm a bit concerned about little Howie's failure to thrive, so I want you to bring him back the office next week for further examination.
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thrive on (something)

1. To flourish or grow luxuriantly by feeding or nourishing on something. The predators introduced to the ecosystem by explorers thrived on the multiple species that had not adapted to their presence. This flower thrives on sunshine, so be sure to have it in direct light as often as you can.
2. To reach one's greatest potential for success when exposed to or involved in something. She has always thrived on intense pressure in her studies, so attending Yale for law school seemed like the natural choice. Despite their willfulness, children actually thrive on rule, structure, and discipline.
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thrive (up)on something

to grow vigorously because of something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) These plants thrive upon wet soil. Children thrive on love.
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thrive on

To flourish by or as if by feeding on something: The bears thrived on a rich harvest of berries.
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With your permission, Thrive also collects data about how much time you spend using specific apps (which it doesn't store or use for anything beyond the app functionality).
Now firmly entrenched in the healthy eating category, Thrive Market has set its sights on offering kitchen prep items for healthy cooking.
Thrive Networks, a New England-based managed services provider, delivers a portfolio of outsourced technology services that included cloud, hosting, security, disaster recovery, backup, replication, network management, device management, storage, virtualization and more.
This in turn raised questions about the extent to which non-Christians can thrive.
Thrive Global Will Offer Courses, Workshops And Certifications Focusing On Health And Wellness In The Workplace: News broke this past June that Huffington would be starting the company.
Both novice and veteran teachers participating in the pilot enjoyed using Thrive Math, says Cable.
The corporate day at Thrive was supported by the North East Chamber of Commerce and Julie Digman, essentials membership manager, said: "We are really pleased to have been able to help this great organisation establish itself in the North East business community.
ReGina Rotert of Thrive said she has several clients, mostly Wal-Mart suppliers, who have rented apartments for the same use.
Thrive Blueberry Lavender was designed to promote cognitive wellness and stress reduction by offering 1,620 mg of omega-3 and 6 essential fatty acids from organic walnuts, flax and hemp hearts, as well as wild blueberries and lavender.
From how to find mentors and build networks, both online and off, to advocating for yourself and empowering your students, Thrive shows new and veteran teachers alike how to overcome the challenges and meet the demands of our profession.
If we can help people to thrive in their occupation, the business will naturally be taken care of by people who succeed and want to see the business thrive.
The only region where education levels did not significantly affect people's likelihood to thrive in purpose well-being was the Middle East and North Africa region, where 14% of those who have completed at least four years of education beyond high school are thriving in purpose, matching the 14% whose education did not go beyond the high school and tertiary level.
One question that arises is whether certain banks were able to thrive by putting more emphasis on profits than the needs of their customers.
THRIVE CARDIFF is a local charity and support group run entirely by volunteers who are all parents of children with disabilities.
Now she's paying back loans after Thrive helped her get a better deal from her loan firms.