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
Wilson, who had been coaching the Gophers since 1985, regularly sought to recruit home-state walk-ons with modest high school times, knowing some of them would prosper.
America needs both nationalism and idealism to prosper.
Trump’s America is evidently one where tanning salons can once again prosper.
If for instance, his moves on health care and climate change backfire and come to be seen as historic mistakes, Obama's reputation is likely to prosper by contrast with his successor, whatever Trump says now.
Prospect remains strongly committed to ensuring that Crozer-Keystone Health System continues to prosper and grow as the leading health system in Delaware County.
While the game prospers economically, baseball officials worry about where the sport is headed.
The state’s metropolitan areas continue to prosper, with an influx of white-collar workers drawn to their thriving finance and technology sectors.
Li and other real estate tycoons have prospered personally.
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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 centurySee Words from the same year
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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