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.
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Recent Examples on the Web While Dallas-Fort Worth has emerged as one of the fastest growing regions in the United States, the opportunity to prosper is not shared equitably across its residents. Sabrina Corsiga, Dallas News, "The new Dallas Thrives initiative will help ensure all North Texas students receive an equitable education," 10 Feb. 2021 Will Hurd, R-San Antonio, said Republicans could prosper after Trump. Gromer Jeffers Jr., Dallas News, "After 2020 debacle, Republicans look to retool as specter of Trump looms," 25 Jan. 2021 Efforts should be centered on three goals: restoring two-parent families, improving academic performance and helping to prepare young adults to prosper in the private sector. Kendall Qualls, Star Tribune, "To fulfill King's dream, focus on fundamentals," 17 Jan. 2021 Those that prosper outside their aura, the largest being TikTok-owner ByteDance Ltd., are rare. Time, "China Targets Jack Ma's Alibaba With Monopoly Investigation," 24 Dec. 2020 Those that prosper outside their orbit, the largest being TikTok-owner ByteDance Ltd., are rare. Ryan Vlastelica,, "Alibaba U.S.-Listed Shares Tumble Most Ever on China Monopoly Probe," 24 Dec. 2020 In fact, the report found over 90% of all deaths and the majority of hospitalizations from waterborne diseases are caused by just three airborne pathogens that prosper in biofilms. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "America's newest water safety challenge is something you've never heard of," 16 Dec. 2020 Good advertising – the sort targeted at readerships by the reader’s own actions – would prosper because the stuff that reaches only the right people is worth far more than the stuff that gets spaffed across all our screens. Aaron Pressman, Fortune, "Airbnb and DoorDash show the IPO market is going haywire," 14 Dec. 2020 Even now, a certain type of Englishman, eyebrow permanently raised, can prosper mightily abroad by presenting this same cultured cynicism and easy wit. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, "John le Carré Knew England’s Secrets," 14 Dec. 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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19 Feb 2021

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“Prosper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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