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 thrivingly (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Josie and Kip have a thriving business in dealing painkillers to the physically and emotionally ailing members of their community. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Inherit the Viper': Film Review," 9 Jan. 2020 The survey is courtesy of, a company that does a thriving business reselling vanity plates in the U.K., where license plates can be transferred with or without a vehicle from one owner to another. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Jetsons' flying car tops list of all-time favorite cartoon cars," 31 Dec. 2019 Fifteen years later, the two donor recipients are thriving and healthy. cleveland, "15 years later, the gift of donated organs keeps on giving," 19 Dec. 2019 The 38-year-old engineer could expand his Mexican company, a thriving business producing high-tech car parts and medical devices in the southern city of Puebla. Washington Post, "After feeling Trump’s wrath, Mexico breathes a sigh of relief at USMCA," 12 Dec. 2019 At first, their thriving business was just a hobby. Savannah Eadens, The Courier-Journal, "From Instagram to brick-and-mortars, vintage streetwear fashion has blown up in Louisville," 27 Nov. 2019 Roughly five years after a moratorium in 2008 on single-dose rodenticide on city property, rat colonies began showing resistance to multidose poisons, says Luis Agurto of Pestec, which has a thriving rat-control business in San Francisco. The Economist, "A Californian bill would make it harder to control the state’s thriving rats," 21 Nov. 2019 New York has a thriving start-up scene, and big tech companies are already rapidly expanding their presence in the city. Washington Post, "New Amazon lease for NY space renews debate over failed deal," 8 Dec. 2019 In liberal Louisville, whose thriving restaurant scene and affordable cost of living have attracted expats from major cities, along with the upwardly mobile of rural Kentucky, antipathy toward McConnell abounds. NBC News, "Democrats dream about defeating Mitch McConnell. Can they do it?," 25 Nov. 2019

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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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18 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Thriving.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 28 January 2020.

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showing steady, earnest care and effort

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