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 thriving (audio) \ adverb

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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
Recent Examples on the Web Wine Country wildfires last year added to the uncertainty for the usually thriving business. Janelle Bitker, San Francisco Chronicle, "A Black Lives Matter mask shut down the Girl & the Fig, showing the high stakes for restaurants that stand on sidelines," 12 Feb. 2021 Tall glass doors open to the outdoor space designed with distinct viewing spots, dining and seating areas and a thriving rooftop garden. oregonlive, "Builders, designers and landscapers reveal outdoor living space trends: ‘Everyone’s looking for more oxygen’," 7 Feb. 2021 Black and Puerto Rican women attended New York’s downtown bars, and Nestle spoke of a thriving bar life for black gays, lesbians and passing folks in Harlem and Spanish Harlem from the 1930s to the 1950s. Sarah Marloff, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Rise and Fall of America’s Lesbian Bars," 21 Jan. 2021 Unfortunately, her thriving career is eclipsed by the perpetual drama going on in her love life. Ineye Komonibo,, "The Stars Of Netflix’s Bling Empire Are Just As Glam Off-Camera," 16 Jan. 2021 His father, also Luciano, owned a thriving construction materials store. New York Times, "She Stalked Her Daughter’s Killers Across Mexico, One by One," 6 Dec. 2020 YouTube and Apple Music are also active in the thriving music market, which grew 8.2% in 2019 to $619 million, according to IFPI figures. Richard Smirke, Billboard, "Spotify Launches in South Korea: 'You're Going to See Korean Culture Throughout the World Amplified'," 1 Feb. 2021 The 43-year-old pediatrician operated a thriving Central Austin practice with several other doctors, while keeping a constant presence at school activities and other functions for her three children who are 5, 7 and 11. Nicole Villalpando, USA TODAY, "Texas pediatrician killed as hostage grieved by patients, friends: 'She just always had a smile on her face'," 27 Jan. 2021 Faced with a winter without shows or audiences, the Zephyr joined the city's effort to make outdoor winter attractions to keep crowds and a bit of life in the usually thriving downtown. Matt Mckinney, Star Tribune, "Get lost in winter: Stillwater opens an ice maze," 22 Jan. 2021

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Thriving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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