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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Home to some 85 million people, a DRC that is more stable and prosperous would be a boon to Africa and the global economy. The Editorial Page, WSJ, "The Congo’s Crooked Contest," 2 Jan. 2019 The transatlantic crossing proved to be prosperous in more ways than one. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "How an American in Paris Dresses From 9 to 5," 22 Oct. 2018 The most prosperous, the Pearl delta, is expected to cover 42,000 square kilometres, about the same as the Netherlands. The Economist, "China is trying to turn itself into a country of 19 super-regions," 21 June 2018 The lack of adequate housing, especially in prosperous urban centers, led to a stagnant job market. Kevin Erdmann, WSJ, "Rich Cities Created the Housing Shortage," 6 Jan. 2019 The prosperous plant represented everlasting life, peace, and opulence, which was important because winter was a time when their sun god, Ra, was ill and weak, reports Nicol Natale, Woman's Day, "Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?," 15 Nov. 2018 Sam Oberter Photography Today, nowhere is immune to housing crises: Developed and developing nations; cities, suburbs, and rural areas; prosperous regions and economically struggling ones. Diana Budds, Curbed, "3 ways architects can improve social equity," 8 Nov. 2018 Today, French Guiana is a department of France, part of the European Union, and among the most prosperous regions of South America. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 Of course, plenty of people are feeling prosperous today, especially with last year’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act having put more cash in their pockets. Chris Taylor, Fortune, "Why Your Summer House Could Be a Shaky Investment," 29 May 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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