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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Pouring ever more taxpayer money into an unaccountable public education system hasn’t breathed life back into Connecticut’s once-prosperous cities. Bob Stefanowski, WSJ, "Connecticut’s Blue Politicians Spill an Ocean of Red Ink," 14 June 2019 This remote Pacific island—some 2,200 miles from the nearest continent—was once home to a prosperous Polynesian community. National Geographic, "Ancient Isles: England, Ireland, and Scotland," 8 Apr. 2019 None of which is to say that Amazon made a mistake by opening its branch offices in two prosperous superstar cities. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The tragedy of Amazon’s HQ2 selections, explained," 9 Nov. 2018 Some Venezuelan families, anxious to leave Cucuta for more prosperous cities in Colombia or other parts of Latin America but without the money to buy a bus ticket, are now choosing to walk to their next destination, children alongside them. Christine Armario, Fox News, "Kids fleeing Venezuela left hungry, sick and even abandoned," 13 July 2018 The most prosperous cities, in turn, included several where incomes are high yet home affordability is extremely low. Russ Wiles, azcentral, "Mesa tops Phoenix, Tucson in study of prosperity among large cities," 13 June 2018 Starbucks raises coffee prices across the U.S. More: Top 5 most prosperous cities in the US rank well in income, home value and employment But Cain also wants a vibrant mall. Donnelle Eller, USA TODAY, "Rural malls hit hard times, leaving shoppers adrift as more stores close," 8 June 2018 Some may think that the most prosperous cities in the U.S. would include Houston, Dallas or Austin. Rye Druzin, San Antonio Express-News, "You’ll never guess what the most prosperous city in the U.S. is," 1 June 2018 The book’s tone alternates, sometimes within a single paragraph, between the citation-heavy pop psychology of a TED talk and the aw-shucks wisdom of a homily at a prosperous stone church in a D.C. suburb. Jacob Bacharach, The New Republic, "David Brooks’s Moral Journey," 5 June 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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