pros·per | \ ˈprä-spər \
prospered; prospering\ˈprä-sp(ə-)riŋ \

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 & Antonyms for prosper


arrive, flourish, succeed, 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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Yet, for a while, these woes seemed to be chances for the city to prosper—and to party as if there were no tomorrow. The Economist, "A gripping tale of Sodom sliding towards its bloody end," 12 July 2018 Being able to handle logistics, Drake said, has been integral for the business to prosper. Anchorage Daily News, "Constructing success with the Drake family," 25 June 2018 Even those who have prospered financially from the dynamic aren’t sure where to draw the line. New York Times, "Silicon Valley’s Giants Take Their Talent Hunt to Cambridge," 3 July 2018 Most of Iran’s 80 million citizens have sadly never known an Iran that prospered in peace with its neighbors and commanded the admiration of the world. Ben Evansky, Fox News, "New anti-regime protests leave 2 dead in southern part of Iran: report," 17 May 2018 Warsaw's already said that its reforms improve efficiency and accountability - by removing judges who've prospered under the communist regime. Staff Report, Houston Chronicle, "Protest deadline is May 15 for property in Harris County," 24 Apr. 2018 In 1697, the western third of the island was given to the French, who prospered from the export of sugar, coffee, cacao and more. Sarah Gray, Fortune, "5 Key Things to Know About Haiti After Donald Trump's Insult," 12 Jan. 2018 Business prospered, and Jacob Bauermann built a new house for twice as much money in the countryside of Catonsville. Tim Prudente,, "Collapse: The rise and deadly fall of a Baltimore rowhouse," 12 July 2018 Though segregated from the white community, African Americans in that city nonetheless were able to prosper financially in their part of town. Peter Keough,, "On the mat, on film, on his way, on the road," 5 July 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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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 \
prospered; prospering

Kids Definition of prosper

1 : to become successful usually by making money

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