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 Or the oil and gas industry, which has prospered due to the fracking boom? National Geographic, "See the Full Archive," 4 Feb. 2020 Cross didn't have the looks or charisma to prosper in that world. Paul Grein, Billboard, "How Did Christopher Cross, Of All People, Achieve That Historic Grammy Sweep in 1981?," 27 Jan. 2020 Richards played point guard for the Bruins last season but has prospered this season with the addition of freshman point guard Jack Edelen, allowing Richards to play off the ball. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Ballard basketball wins Round One against Male, advances to LIT championship game," 18 Jan. 2020 Over the past century, the area has seen waves of migration from Brazil’s north and northeast, where Afro-Brazilian religions have traditionally prospered. Robert Muggah, The Conversation, "Evangelical gangs in Rio de Janeiro wage ‘holy war’ on Afro-Brazilian faiths," 16 Dec. 2019 Development experts have accepted that immense social impact is generated when labour-intensive industries prosper in a country like India, where manpower is abundant and also underemployed. Aditya Jahagirdar, Quartz India, "Impact investors can alleviate India’s unemployment crisis," 28 Oct. 2019 That’s what happened to Regus, a co-working pioneer that prospered during the tech bubble of the late 1990s but filed for bankruptcy protection in 2003 after the bubble popped and many of its tenants folded. Tim Logan,, "WeWork rose fast on short-term leases. But can it stick around long-term?," 10 Aug. 2019 For summer color there is a long list of blooming shrubs that prosper in San Antonio. Calvin Finch,, "The top hot-weather plants for color in the San Antonio garden," 7 June 2019 According to a long line of Whiggish authors, regimes that recognize encompassing and stable property rights will prosper. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Big Law’ Makes Big Money," 28 Jan. 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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15 Feb 2020

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“Prosper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 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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