If something is thriving, it's doing well — so well you could call it "booming." A thriving retail business sees its products flying off the shelves.

  • Pronunciation: /θraɪv/
  • English Description: become larger, greater, or bigger; expand or gain
  • Chinese Translation: 繁荣(fan2 rong2)
  • Spanish Translation: prosperar
  • STORY: The verb thrive means to flourish or grow vigorously, and it can be applied to something like a business or to something or someone's actual health. Plants can thrive in a greenhouse, and children can thrive if they eat well and exercise. Thriving can also be used more figuratively — "The women thrived on gossip; they loved knowing who was dating or divorcing whom."


  • On the one hand, the region is by many measures a thriving, booming, educated place with a high quality of life.
  • But that’s how hatred works: it thrives on ignorance and injustice.

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