thriv·​ing | \ˈthrī-viŋ \

Definition of thriving 

: characterized by success or prosperity a thriving business

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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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Even if general manager Sandy Alderson had wanted to hedge his bets and swap, say, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz for position players while both were healthy and thriving, other GMs or, for that matter, Mets fans might not have cooperated. Jack Dickey,, "The New York Mets Could Try to Rebuild, But Why Would We Trust Them to Do That?," 11 June 2018 Challah and Kolkata For much of the 19th and 20th centuries, Kolkata was home to a thriving Jewish community, many of them emigrants from Baghdad and Aleppo drawn to the capital of the British Raj. Michael David Lukas, New York Times, "From Cairo to Kolkata, Traces of a Vibrant Jewish Past," 8 June 2018 Now, Calvin is happy, healthy and thriving — just like Fiona. Mallorie Sullivan,, "Like Fiona, he was born prematurely. Their meeting will melt your heart.," 20 Feb. 2018 Banchs and his team proclaim the musky Ajari to be a healthy and thriving gorilla. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Texican: Up close and personal with a gorilla," 14 Feb. 2018 The home of a thriving tech sector, Seattle is a fast-growing city and home to some of the country's worst traffic. Mark Harris, WIRED, "The Bike Share War Is Shaking Up Seattle Like Nowhere Else," 14 June 2018 These homes will be more comfortable, have better indoor air quality, emit fewer greenhouse-gas emissions and support a thriving clean-energy sector that generates local jobs. WSJ, "Sun Smiles if You Can Pay the Up-Front Cost," 15 May 2018 California’s large economy is attributed to its thriving tech sector and Hollywood, according to the Associated Press. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "California's Economy Is Now Bigger Than All of the U.K.," 5 May 2018 Under such a formula, Hoover, with its thriving retail sector, would have received $400,000 more in SSUT distributions in 2017, according to Brocato. John Sharp,, "Alabama looks to collect more online sales tax as Trump trashes Amazon," 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of thriving

1604, in the meaning defined above

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