thriv·​ing ˈthrī-viŋ How to pronounce thriving (audio)
: characterized by success or prosperity
a thriving business
thrivingly adverb

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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Word History

First Known Use

1604, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thriving was in 1604

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“Thriving.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2023.

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