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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She prospered as a real estate agent. He hopes his business will prosper. No crop can prosper in this heat.
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Recent Examples on the Web Many other countries, including Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, and Thailand, managed to slow population growth and prosper in the same period as China—without putting their people through such generational trauma. Mei Fong, The Atlantic, "China’s Xinjiang Policy: Less About Births, More About Control," 11 July 2020 But reparations — or compensation for historical crimes and wrongdoings with the aim of remedying injustices and helping specific groups of people or populations to prosper — have mostly been experimented with in international settings. Kim Hjelmgaard, USA TODAY, "Reparations bill gets new attention amid BLM. Could other nations provide a blueprint?," 10 July 2020 The tax on its freedom that France forced Haiti to pay severely damaged the newly independent country’s ability to prosper. Marlene Daut, Quartz Africa, "How France extorted Haiti for one of the greatest heists in geopolitical history," 3 July 2020 Students need continuity in attendance to prosper, socio-emotionally and educationally. David Zweig, Wired, "It’s Ridiculous to Treat Schools Like Covid Hot Zones," 24 June 2020 In the meantime, a key question is whether airlines receiving heavy government support will prosper in the post-Covid economy. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "How Europe’s low-cost airlines are surviving the pandemic without billion-dollar bailouts," 15 June 2020 The coronavirus pandemic blew a hole in global tax collections while technology companies prosper in the work-from-home environment. Richard Rubin And Paul Hannon, WSJ, "Global Tax Talks Waver as Pandemic Hits Government Coffers," 13 June 2020 Companies who figure out how to use today’s adversity to invent tomorrow’s workplace will be the ones that prosper in the long term. Bill George, Fortune, "The coronavirus pandemic is changing work forever," 10 Apr. 2020 Companies that prospered for years with low tax rates are learning how to keep them that way, even as political pressure builds to tax them more. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "Companies Save Billions in Taxes by Shifting Assets Around Globe," 8 Apr. 2020

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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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24 Jul 2020

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“Prosper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of prosper

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


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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