thriv·​ing | \ ˈthrī-viŋ How to pronounce thriving (audio) \

Definition of thriving

: characterized by success or prosperity a thriving business

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thrivingly \ ˈthrī-​viŋ-​lē How to pronounce thrivingly (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for thriving


flourishing, going, palmy, prosperous, successful, triumphant


failed, unsuccessful

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Examples of thriving in a Sentence

our new landscaping business is thriving the once thriving downtown has fallen into steep decline since the new mall was built

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As Long Island City adds more residents and solidifies its standing as a thriving neighborhood, land prices there likely will rise and hit levels that no longer support rental apartment development, Mr. Silverman said. Keiko Morris, WSJ, "Carlyle Group Fund Bets on Long Island City," 22 Aug. 2018 What restaurant sold you on D.C.?Maketto on H Street, which is a really thriving neighborhood right now. Andrea Whittle, Condé Nast Traveler, "Bon Appétit Editor-in-Chief Adam Rapoport On Why D.C.'s Dining Scene Is Having a Moment," 8 May 2018 Batsheva Hay’s thriving business started almost by accident. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Batsheva Opens a Pop-Up Dressmaking Heaven in Time for NYFW," 4 Feb. 2019 After ChirpMe got acquired, the brothers approached Jason Meltzer, who was running a thriving LA dog-walking business, about adapting his company to an on-demand Uber model. Chavie Lieber, Vox, "The startup world’s cuddly, cutthroat battle to walk your dog," 12 Sep. 2018 Meanwhile, Tumblr users have been increasingly at odds with the site’s corporate side, as the business tries to balance potential moneymaking opportunities with its unruly yet thriving corner of internet culture. Aja Romano, Vox, "Tumblr’s adult content ban is already harming the site’s vibrant community.," 5 Dec. 2018 But hey, won’t those 50,000 new Amazon employees eventually leave and start their own companies, turning Regional Offices 1 and 2 into thriving tech hubs? Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook has a growing morale problem," 15 Nov. 2018 The mother, producer, and mogul is thriving and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon. Alexis Jones, Redbook, "Lala Anthony Talks Motherhood, Activism, and the Beauty Products She Can't Live Without," 8 Aug. 2018 Powerboat racing, which once had a thriving stock outboard circuit, requires the water course to be closed to other traffic, a logistical hurdle that has threatened the sport elsewhere. Elaine Glusac,, "Start your boat engines: 'World's Toughest Outboard Marathon' revs up northern Michigan," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of thriving

1604, in the meaning defined above

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12 Apr 2019

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The first known use of thriving was in 1604

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