pros·​per | \ ˈprä-spər How to pronounce prosper (audio) \
prospered; prospering\ ˈprä-​sp(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce prosper (audio) \

Definition of prosper

intransitive verb

1 : to succeed in an enterprise or activity especially : to achieve economic success
2 : to become strong and flourishing

transitive verb

: to cause to succeed or thrive

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Examples of prosper in a Sentence

She prospered as a real estate agent. He hopes his business will prosper. No crop can prosper in this heat.
Recent Examples on the Web These rights and guarantees have allowed liberal democracies to prosper. David Kamenetzky And Leopoldo López, Fortune, 21 Apr. 2022 Instead, Monroe used her influence to advocate for Fitzgerald alone to prosper. Ruchika Tulshyan, Quartz, 7 Mar. 2022 As research from Sandy Darity and Kirsten Mullen has shown, denying a means for Black families to prosper has led to the average white household now having a net worth of $800,000 more than the average Black household. Melissa Noel, Essence, 16 Feb. 2022 Brands savvy and agile enough to move to the metaverse, while also embracing new models for their physical footprint, are likely to prosper. Jeff Wong, Forbes, 19 Jan. 2022 The most damaging outcome for Putin would be a Ukraine that can regain its independence, defend its borders and show Russians that democracy can prosper in their part of the world. Doyle Mcmanuswashington Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 10 Apr. 2022 Those who find paths forward are the ones who prosper. al, 8 Apr. 2022 In a sport where a fraction of an inch can be the difference between safe and out, or ball and strike, and where big money is paid to those who prosper, an opportunity to gain an advantage without detection could be too hard to forgo. New York Times, 25 Mar. 2022 Rising prices have a kind of strange magic that not only spooks voters, but also seeds the kind of political derangement in which extremists like former President Donald Trump can prosper. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prosper

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for prosper

Middle English, from Anglo-French prosperer, from Latin prosperare to cause to succeed, from prosperus favorable

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14 May 2022

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“Prosper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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pros·​per | \ ˈprä-spər How to pronounce prosper (audio) \
prospered; prospering

Kids Definition of prosper

1 : to become successful usually by making money

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