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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Giellis, an Iowa native who’s lived in Denver for 13 years, has been heavily involved in the transformation of an old industrial district north of downtown into a thriving community of arts, retail, residential and commercial enterprises. Washington Post, "Denver’s Hancock claims victory in mayoral runoff," 5 June 2019 Elyse's Sad Girls Club has created a thriving community thanks to her pursuit of making the conversation around mental health inclusive and relatable — one of the things that can make social media beneficial. Eliza Solomon, Teen Vogue, "Why You Should Marie Kondo Your Social Media Feed," 23 Apr. 2019 In 1992, incensed by the cruel policies of Margaret Thatcher, Jackson left behind a thriving acting career for politics, serving as a Labour party MP in the House of Commons for 23 years. Adam Green, Vogue, "Glenda Jackson and Ruth Wilson on Bringing a Modern King Lear to Broadway," 19 Mar. 2019 Here's where things stand: Wade Wilson/Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) is now a very successful mercenary with a thriving career in killing very bad people and a steady relationship with his girlfriend, Vanessa (Morena Baccarin). Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Deadpool 2 Review: It Spends Too Much Time Getting Itself Off," 19 May 2018 Diane, 47, was recently divorced with no children, and had a thriving career as the executive vice president of a real estate and advertising company. CBS News, "Atlanta attorney fatally shoots wife in SUV: Accident or cold-blooded murder?," 28 Apr. 2018 Sharif parlayed his 1962 appearance in Lawrence of Arabia into a thriving international film career. Jamie Ducharme, Fortune, "Google Is Celebrating 'Lawrence of Arabia' Actor Omar Sharif With a Doodle. Here's Why," 10 Apr. 2018 His personal life is plenty busy, with wife Ayesha — who has her own thriving career as a cook/restaurateur — and young daughters Riley (age 5) and Ryan (2). Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, "Stephen Curry at 30: From baby-faced Warriors guard to basketball revolutionary and beyond," 8 Mar. 2018 Building a thriving freelance career that allows you to work from anywhere in the world? NBC News, "6 strategies to take your career to the next level this year," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of thriving

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thriving was in 1604

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