pros·per·ous | \ˈprä-sp(ə-)rəs \

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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Chicago’s elect, the wives and children of its most prosperous business men and the flower of local society. Francine Uenuma, Smithsonian, "The Iroquois Theater Disaster Killed Hundreds and Changed Fire Safety Forever," 12 June 2018 Prince George’s County is about two-thirds African American, and was once the most prosperous black areas of the country before the housing crisis decimated much of its wealth. Angela Helm, The Root, "Maryland County Passes a ‘Black Lives Matter Week of Action’ for All of Its Schools," 3 Feb. 2018 Some of the impoverished south suburbs pay tax rates of more than 25 percent while prosperous north suburbs have tax rates in the single digits. Jerry Shnay, Daily Southtown, "Shnay: New grocery store brings hope to village shoppers," 30 Apr. 2018 So there are thought-provoking points in all this for about anyone — but particularly for the young who might feel sports is their only route to a prosperous life and be tempted to neglect the pesky practicality of school. Vahe Gregorian, kansascity, "Poverty, injury and gun to his head led former K-State player Luis Colon to true calling," 16 June 2018 Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy was born in Beauvais, France, on Feb. 21, 1927, to a prosperous family of noble lineage. Megan Mcdonough, Washington Post, "Hubert de Givenchy, French clothing designer who transformed Audrey Hepburn into a style legend, dies at 91," 12 Mar. 2018 He was born into a prosperous ship-owning family, in the Baltic port of Rostock, which was almost obliterated by British bombing in 1942. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "Walter Kempowski’s Epic Novel of Germany in Collapse," 21 Mar. 2016 The prize has introduced vast new audiences to authors who are not well known, particularly in less populous and less prosperous nations. Anchorage Daily News, "Sex scandal's latest casualty: The 2018 Nobel Prize in literature," 4 May 2018 The multi-decade effort has paid off, attracting and integrating new immigrants, building a new labor force, and growing a more integrated and prosperous community. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How fighting inequality can help cities grow their economies," 25 Apr. 2018

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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 \

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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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