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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The argument is straightforward: Without more immigrants, the nation will not continue to grow and prosper. Dan Rodricks,, "The bad economics of Trump's bad immigration policy," 19 June 2018 Klose joined the pair at Bayern Munich in 2007 but never prospered there, scoring just 24 league goals in four seasons., "World Cup Countdown: 1 Day to Go - Germany's Mild-Mannered Goal Machine, Miroslav Klose," 13 June 2018 Image Camilla Dietz Bergeron, who prospered in two divergent vocations, on Wall Street and on Madison Avenue, by proving equally adept at evaluating premium stocks and gem-quality rocks, died on May 20 at a hospital in Manhattan. Sam Roberts, New York Times, "Camilla Dietz Bergeron, Stockbroker Turned Jeweler, Dies at 76," 29 May 2018 Reuters Satisfying Trump enough to ease the sanctions and allow North Korea to prosper will not be easy. Charlie Campbell, Time, "'The Korean War Is Over.' Kim Jong Un Begins 'Writing a New History' as the First North Korean Leader to Visit the South," 27 Apr. 2018 So if the question is, did a set of underlying circumstances and attitudes allow Nassar to prosper in this particular place, the answer would appear to be an emphatic yes. Sally Jenkins,, "Michigan State's problems start much higher than Larry Nassar and sports coaches," 2 Mar. 2018 Pro-Brexit lawmakers say the U.K. will prosper after Brexit by increasing trade with countries outside the EU. Jenny Gross, WSJ, "Trump Says May’s Brexit Plan Could ‘Kill’ Chances of U.S.-U.K. Trade Deal," 13 July 2018 Los Angeles Times Ch-ch-changes: Decades ago, when Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza opened its doors, its developer was determined to show that a shopping mall could prosper in a black neighborhood. Shelby Grad,, "Essential California: A big surprise in the governor's race," 6 June 2018 The family was prospering, but a year-and-a-half before the shooting, Joe's brother, Johnny, was killed in a car accident. CBS News, "Can new DNA tests help police crack the "killer clown" cold case?," 21 Apr. 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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