Definition of prosper
1 : to succeed in an enterprise or activity; especially : to achieve economic success
2 : to become strong and flourishing
: to cause to succeed or thrive
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.
Recent Examples of prosper from the Web
While places like the Washington Post -- under the guidance of billionaire Jeff Bezos -- have prospered, the economics of keeping a full staff at many smaller newspapers have become untenable.
The big-city names were more about Asheville’s ambitions in the 1920s, when the city was prospering.
Woods faces a vote on a resolution requiring Exxon to provide a detailed analysis of whether the energy giant can prosper under strict greenhouse-gas limits.
The European Market was started 14 years ago, when Duneland Chamber of Commerce executive Bonnie Trout started the market in an effort to bring people to the downtown Chesterton area and, consequentially, help local businesses prosper.
Israel has prospered since 1967 and now boasts an annual per capita GDP approaching $40,000 — perhaps 20 times higher than that of the Palestinian areas.
The Phillies did not expect all of the winter investments to prosper.
Ward knows that Lenovo, to prosper, must bridge the cultural divide.
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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
First Known Use: 14th century
PROSPER Defined for English Language Learners
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
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