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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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 Despite all the political chaos, Romania has largely prospered in the past three decades, especially in the years before and after the 2008 global financial crisis. Washington Post, "Here’s Why Romanian Politics Are Blowing Up Yet Again," 5 Nov. 2019 In the last five years, as American consumers flocked to high-margin trucks and sport utility vehicles, both G.M. and its unionized work force have prospered. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "G.M. and U.A.W. Reach Deal That Could End Strike," 16 Oct. 2019 Switzerland’s People’s Party, arguably the most successful national populist party of all time, has prospered amid some of the highest living standards on the planet. Matthew Goodwin, WSJ, "Europe’s Populists Are Here to Stay," 14 June 2019 Hong Kong prospered by connecting China to the global companies that wanted to do business there. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "Cathay Pacific, Icon of Hong Kong’s Rise, Now Reflects China’s Grip," 11 Aug. 2019 That business has prospered from wider use of its cancer and immune disorder medicines and its 2017 acquisition of Swiss drugmaker Actelion. Linda A. Johnson, The Seattle Times, "Johnson & Johnson beats revenue, profit projections for 2Q," 17 July 2018 Greggs Plc has largely prospered since Britain voted to leave the European Union almost three years ago. Washington Post, "Greggs, the High Street’s Answer to Nigel Farage," 18 Sep. 2019 In 2018, a crop of movies relying largely on adult women to boost their fortunes prospered, including the PG-13-rated Crazy Rich Asians (also starring Wu), Ocean's 8 and Mamma Mia! Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, "Box Office: 'Hustlers' Ends Downturn Among 2019 Adult Female-Driven Films," 15 Sep. 2019 Kyle Schwarber and Jason Heyward have prospered after being moved out of the leadoff spot with the return last week of Ben Zobrist, who had led off in six of the last seven games before Tony Kemp batted there Wednesday. Mark Gonzales,, "Kris Bryant’s 1st game after getting a cortisone shot in his knee showed promise. The Cubs need a strong finish from him down the stretch.," 12 Sep. 2019

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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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22 Nov 2019

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“Prosper.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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