prosper

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

Synonyms

burgeon (also bourgeon), flourish, 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.
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The richest Americans have prospered, enjoying outsize income gains, but the country's poor and near-poor haven't shared in those gains. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "The federal minimum wage sets a record -- for not rising," 14 June 2019 Within two decades, Koyama, heiress to a vast textile fortune and one of Japan’s richest women, prospered even further thanks to tithes paid by the group’s followers, which now number some 300,000 worldwide. Martin Filler, The New York Review of Books, "I.M. Pei: Establishment Modernism Lite," 24 May 2019 Cities prospered as Augustus and his successors built roads, aqueducts, baths, and amphitheaters to entertain the masses. National Geographic, "Who was Augustus Caesar?," 20 May 2019 What also prospered was the idea that democracy and free markets were the key to improving people’s lives. Ioan Grillo, The New Republic, "When Democracy Isn’t Enough," 6 June 2018 Places like Taizhou and Yancheng, a relatively wealthy city whose annual per-capita gross domestic product is almost 18% above the nation’s average, are used to prospering. WSJ, "China’s Downturn Hits Industrial Cities," 21 Jan. 2019 And when players prosper, Pachuca exports them to other teams. James Wagner, New York Times, "A Nightmare for Mexico’s Soccer Opponents: More Chuckys On the Way," 27 June 2018 Despite the CinemaScore, Hereditary is prospering at the box office with $13 million this weekend, A24's biggest opening ever. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'Hereditary' Is Dividing Audiences," 10 June 2018 Imagine if the Angeles could prosper in the postseason, just like Trout’s favorite football team. Marc Narducci, Philly.com, "Millville's Mike Trout is better than ever but thirsting for postseason success," 29 June 2018

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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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The first known use of prosper was in the 14th century

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prosper

verb

English Language Learners Definition of prosper

: to become very successful usually by making a lot of money
: to become very active, healthy, or strong

prosper

verb
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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