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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Many, however, were longtime Philadelphians who fondly remembered when Baring Street was a part of a thriving African American community back in the 1940s, ’50s and early ’60s. Elizabeth Wellington,, "Akwaaba chooses theme for West Philadelphia bed-and-breakfast | Elizabeth Wellington," 5 July 2018 And its thriving creative class, of which women are increasingly at the forefront, has never been more determined to use arts, fashion, and education to further build community. Mosha Lundström Halbert, Vogue, "The Kenyan Cool Girl’s Guide to Nairobi," 2 July 2018 One of hundreds of rural hospitals built with help from the 1946 federal Hill-Burton Act, the Surprise Valley hospital opened in 1952 to serve a thriving ranching community. Washington Post, "Outsiders Swoop In Vowing To Rescue Rural Hospitals Short On Hope — And Money," 6 June 2018 On the one hand, hydrothermal vents on the ocean floor of Earth can support thriving communities of living organisms, from microbes to tube worms and even crabs. Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "Saturn's Moon Enceladus Is Spewing Complex Organic Molecules Into Space," 27 June 2018 Asbury's predominantly black west side had a thriving business district, where people of all backgrounds would come to shop in the clothing stores, meat markets and take in the music scene. Asbury Park Press, "Read more from this Project," 15 June 2018 Anyone who early in life turned a sport or hobby into a career, or who took over a thriving family business, knows the challenge of maintaining enthusiasm for it, even when the money’s great. Dan Rodricks,, "On leaving baseball, flipping the First, discovering an awesome tree," 6 July 2018 With all that jazz has come a thriving new gay scene. Andrew Richdale, GQ, "Five Gay Vacation Spots That Are Less Tired Than Fire Island," 21 June 2018 Campfire Adirondack Grille + Bar, located at Hotel Saranac, is the most recent addition to the thriving downtown restaurant scene. Rob Duca,, "Sleepy Saranac Lake awakens," 19 June 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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