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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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This paper will continue toward this goal but will turn to the doctrines of Christology and soteriology to harvest theology further and understand the nature of human thriving more fully.
Majorities of former student-athletes are also thriving in social well-being (54%) and community well-being (51%), which means they have the support of strong social networks and are true members of the communities in which they live.
Overall, Panama was ranked as the happiest country in the world, with 61pc of the population adjudged to be thriving in "three or more elements of well-being".
We acknowledge, however, that many banks that did not meet our criterion for thriving banks are in sound financial condition.
While Credo Reference provides support for the initiative, Libraries Thriving strives to be vendor-neutral.
Harter and Agrawal's analysis shows that when it comes to overall wellbeing, a person is more than two times as likely to be thriving when another person in the same household is thriving, compared to living with a person who is not thriving.
Only Israel, the UAE, Kuwait and Qatar finished above Bahrain in the Middle East thriving stakes, finishing eighth, 20th, 23rd and 35th respectively.
Asia does, in fact, have a thriving electronics recovery industry that supplies manufacturers with recycled raw materials.
The now-solid swaths of hydrocarbon-based material are home to a thriving ecosystem, the scientists have found.
Anne Gietzen is an award-winning long-time gardener who has lived her entire life in North Carolina and currently resides in Black Mountain, amidst her thriving garden landscape.
Enduring, Surviving, and Thriving as a Law Enforcement Executive edited by Thomas J.
We just want the school system to thrive, and if you have a thriving community, you then have a thriving school system," says Rachel Hicks, president of the local.
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