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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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Further work addressing these new markers of thriving may produce interesting results and aid in a richer understanding of what it means for humans to thrive.
Address: Fuller Theological Seminary, Thrive Center, School of Psychology, 180 N.
Title: Thrive Professor of Developmental Science; Program Director for PhD in Psychological Science (Non-Clinical).
Greenway, Thrive Center, School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary, 180 N.
Human life continues to exist and thrive because of God's providential care in sustaining that which he has created--"The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it" (John 1:5).
Considering the idea of common grace helps us to see that God can work in the field of psychology in ways that benefit humanity and help individuals to thrive, regardless of whether those individuals acknowledge God.
In short, it is possible for someone who is non-Christian to thrive since God's goodness is bestowed upon all humanity.
God's love of the creation and his blessings of common grace allow for all creatures to thrive to some extent.
Through God's providence and common grace, believers and nonbelievers are called to thrive and flourish in this life.
We posit that the imago is not limited or bounded to a singular attribute, ability, or disposition that mirrors the image of God; rather, we argue for a dynamic and malleable perspective of the imago that enables us to understand how both non-Christians and Christians have the capacity to thrive.
Although we argue that humans are intended to thrive on this side of eternity, we acknowledge that humans will not be made complete in this life.
The significance of this cannot be overstated: Christians thrive through their participation in the life of the triune God and as they become more like Christ.
Thus, to thrive from a Christian perspective is to answer the divine call--to actively engage in a life of worship in the fullness of our own uniqueness and to use our particular gifts, skills, and passions for God's glory.
Thus, we stress to become or to thrive for the sake of oneself and not in relationship to God and/or God's creation is to be "full of oneself' at best; thriving is an empty enterprise that results in self-centeredness and self-importance when it is pursued without relating to God and others.
As we have argued, it is a Christian vision of the purpose of human life that broadens our conception of telos and informs what it means to thrive in a helpful (and yes, Christian) direction.