pros·​per·​ous | \ ˈprä-sp(ə-)rəs How to pronounce prosperous (audio) \

Definition of prosperous

2a : marked by success or economic well-being
b : enjoying vigorous and healthy growth : flourishing

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Other Words from prosperous

prosperously adverb
prosperousness noun

Examples of prosperous in a Sentence

The company had a prosperous year. He predicted a prosperous future.

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Known in the twentieth century as the Paris of the East, Shanghai's ancient temples sit between glass skyscrapers, a constant reminder of the deep history of China's largest, warmest, most prosperous city. Adrienne Faurote, Marie Claire, "The Instagram Guide to Shanghai, China," 5 Apr. 2019 Wednesday’s vote does not guarantee a long and prosperous future for the 79-year-old venue, where Onni Group has plans to erect a 442-unit apartment tower on the First Avenue site. Michael Rietmulder, The Seattle Times, "Showbox supporters dealt temporary victory by Seattle City Council," 13 Aug. 2018 Argentines are struggling in crisis in what was once one of the world's most prosperous nations. Almudena Calatrava, Fox News, "Argentines seek soup kitchens, barter markets amid crisis," 10 Sep. 2018 Oil-rich Venezuela should be among the world’s most prosperous nations, but misery is everywhere as President Nicolas Maduro seeks six more years in Sunday's election. Philip Brian Tabuas,, "Venezuela Votes in a Presidential Election. Enthusiasm Is Absent," 19 May 2018 Apple has been the world’s most prosperous firm since claiming the top spot from Exxon Mobil earlier this decade. Matt O'brien, The Seattle Times, "Apple’s stock sours, Microsoft’s soars. Say what?!," 27 Nov. 2018 With the world’s fourth-largest gas reserves and a population of just 5m, Turkmenistan should be prosperous. The Economist, "Turkmenistan finds a novel solution to mass emigration," 5 July 2018 We're linked in the great effort to create a more just, peaceful and prosperous world. Callum Borchers, Washington Post, "‘Within the first minute I’ll know’: Trump’s confident G-7 news conference, annotated," 10 June 2018 With his death today at age 85 comes the end of a very long, extraordinarily prosperous era for Chanel—and the beginning of the new one. Jessica Iredale, Town & Country, "Virginie Viard, Karl Lagerfeld's Secret Weapon, Succeeds Him at Chanel," 19 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of prosperous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for prosperous

Middle English, from Medieval Latin prosperosus, from Latin prosperus

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English Language Learners Definition of prosperous

: having success usually by making a lot of money


pros·​per·​ous | \ ˈprä-spə-rəs How to pronounce prosperous (audio) \

Kids Definition of prosperous

1 : having or showing success or financial good fortune
2 : strong and healthy in growth a prosperous town

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