thriv·​ing | \ ˈthrī-viŋ \

Definition of thriving

: characterized by success or prosperity a thriving business

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Other Words from thriving

thrivingly \ ˈthrī-​viŋ-​lē \ 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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An old Mercedes-Benz dealership, once a peg in a thriving commercial center that sprang up under colonial rule, sits empty and pockmarked with bullet holes. Fox News, "War leaves Yemen's Aden hollowed-out shadow of former self," 14 June 2018 Its thriving arts scene and progressive politics are not par for the course throughout the state. Marley Marius, Vogue, "A Guide to Kansas City, Missouri: Its History, Its Culture, and Why It’s Worth a Closer Look," 23 Nov. 2018 Will a thriving economy translate into success for the President’s party in Tuesday’s elections? James Freeman, WSJ, "Americans Aren’t Just Happy about the Economy," 5 Nov. 2018 Meanwhile, states with stricter noncompete enforcement, including Washington state, have nurtured thriving high-tech economies of their own in recent decades. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "Massachusetts gives workers new protections against noncompete clauses," 21 Aug. 2018 The definition of a living legend, the blueprint of a pop star, a thriving mogul, an unproblematic queen. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "Britney Spears Talks to Allure About the Inspiration Behind Her Latest Perfume, Prerogative," 18 July 2018 Empty buildings began to fill, and the Paramount Theatre had become a draw to, what seems to her, a thriving downtown. Sarah Freishtat, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora in 2018: With population no longer booming, city looks to downtown for future growth," 6 July 2018 In recent years, it's grown to a city of 1.8 million people with thriving arts, music and culinary scenes — but lately that's been overshadowed by a surge of violence. Jacob Soboroff, NBC News, "Despite Trump's fears, Tijuana's record violence rarely enters San Diego," 24 June 2018 By promoting the use of German coal and putting taxes towards the military, Hitler steered his country towards a thriving economy. Lorraine Boissoneault, Smithsonian, "A 1938 Nazi Law Forced Jews to Register Their Wealth—Making It Easier to Steal," 26 Apr. 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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