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 Florida now has a thriving medical marijuana industry as dispensaries are offering more whole flower instead of oils, vapes and other forms. Dan Sweeney,, "Should Florida legalize recreational marijuana use? | Poll," 2 Dec. 2019 Conservative members of Congress may feel an inherent revulsion to relying on a government solution to regulate a thriving private industry. Jessica Sagers, STAT, "Booker-Sanders-Harris drug affordability bureau could be brilliant," 18 Nov. 2019 Over the past five years, the city has taken important steps toward reconciliation with the native Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh people, and a thriving indigenous tourism industry has grown along with it. Serena Renner, National Geographic, "A local’s guide to Vancouver," 22 Oct. 2019 In the sixteenth century, prosperity gradually returned, and, by the Georgian period, the town was home to wealthy merchants and a thriving shipbuilding industry. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "A Visit to the Pro-Brexit Coastal Town of Hartlepool," 30 Sep. 2019 The internet provided a niche for its expansion, and fan fiction rapidly transformed from boutique online gatherings to a thriving industry. C. Brandon Ogbunu, WIRED, "How White Nationalists Have Co-Opted Fan Fiction," 1 Aug. 2019 Locals say the controversy represents a rift in the Teton Valley's demographics, as new residents move in to take jobs in the thriving eco-tourism industry., "Idaho high school drops mascot name that is disrespectful of Native Americans," 17 July 2019 Fukushima hopes to follow the lead of Japan’s port city of Kobe, which built a thriving biomedical industry after an earthquake and fires left parts of the city in ruins in 1995. River Davis, WSJ, "A Fukushima Ghost Town Seeks Rebirth Through Renewable Energy," 12 July 2019 Adrienne ran a successful and thriving dried flower business in Novi, MI, later moving to Sarasota FL to be with her brother Robert., "Adrienne Parsons," 10 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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6 Dec 2019

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“Thriving.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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