prosper

verb pros·per \ ˈprä-spər \
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of prosper

prospered; prospering play \ˈprä-sp(ə-)riŋ\
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

Examples of prosper in a Sentence

  1. She prospered as a real estate agent.

  2. He hopes his business will prosper.

  3. No crop can prosper in this heat.

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Origin and Etymology of prosper

Middle English, from Anglo-French prosperer, from Latin prosperare to cause to succeed, from prosperus favorable

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PROSPER Defined for English Language Learners

prosper

verb

Definition of prosper for English Language Learners

  • : to become very successful usually by making a lot of money

  • : to become very active, healthy, or strong


PROSPER Defined for Kids

prosper

verb pros·per \ ˈprä-spər \

Definition of prosper for Students

prospered; prospering
1 : to become successful usually by making money
2 : 1flourish 1, thrive


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