pros·​per | \ ˈprä-spər How to pronounce prosper (audio) \
prospered; prospering\ ˈprä-​sp(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce prospering (audio) \

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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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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Recent Examples on the Web Memphis in particular is a program that has historically prospered when the top local players stay home: Larry Finch in the 1970s; Keith Lee and Andre Turner in the 1980s; Hardaway, the most notable of the bunch, and Lorenzen Wright in the 1990s. Emily Caron,, "How the Trend of Top Recruits Staying Home Is Changing College Basketball," 19 July 2019 By the end of the two-week class, however, observers said the students had prospered in the class that offered empowerment, dignity and knowledge. Vincent T. Davis,, "San Antonio Girl Scout teaches female empowerment to girls in rural India," 24 June 2019 Heading into his sophomore season, Montgomery has yet to be rated by any recruiting service but has prospered during summer camps at IMG Academy in Florida. Evan Dudley,, "How UAB’s connection to Spanish Fort helps recruiting," 19 June 2019 Tens of thousands of international tourists visit the Khumbu Valley each year, and by and large, Namche's residents have prospered. Freddie Wilkinson, National Geographic, "He’s the last surviving member of the first expedition to summit Everest," 17 June 2019 Despite all the political chaos, Romania has largely prospered in the past three decades, especially in the years before and after the 2008 global financial crisis. Washington Post, "Here’s Why Romanian Politics Are Blowing Up Yet Again," 5 Nov. 2019 In the last five years, as American consumers flocked to high-margin trucks and sport utility vehicles, both G.M. and its unionized work force have prospered. Neal E. Boudette, New York Times, "G.M. and U.A.W. Reach Deal That Could End Strike," 16 Oct. 2019 Switzerland’s People’s Party, arguably the most successful national populist party of all time, has prospered amid some of the highest living standards on the planet. Matthew Goodwin, WSJ, "Europe’s Populists Are Here to Stay," 14 June 2019 Hong Kong prospered by connecting China to the global companies that wanted to do business there. Raymond Zhong, New York Times, "Cathay Pacific, Icon of Hong Kong’s Rise, Now Reflects China’s Grip," 11 Aug. 2019

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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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The first known use of prosper was in the 14th century

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6 Dec 2019

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“Prosper.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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 How to pronounce prosper (audio) \
prospered; prospering

Kids Definition of prosper

1 : to become successful usually by making money

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