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[pros-per] /ˈprɒs pər/
verb (used without object)
to be successful or fortunate, especially in financial respects; thrive; flourish.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to make successful or fortunate.
Origin of prosper
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English prosperen < Latin prosperāre to make happy, derivative of prosperus prosperous
Related forms
unprospered, adjective
unprospering, adjective
1. See succeed.
1. fail. Unabridged
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  • His own chamber he gave to my mistress and her little ones, while prosper and he and I lay on the hard floor of the kitchen.

    Sir Ludar Talbot Baines Reed
  • "Nothin', 'cept your bein' my old mother," said prosper hopelessly.

  • And prosper, after a further period of hesitation, finally mustered up courage to disburden himself of what he wished to say.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • But he noticed that prosper was studying the subject after his own fashion.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • "The office-boy, to whom I always give it in charge before leaving the bank," said prosper.

    File No. 113 Emile Gaboriau
  • prosper Blanchemain edited a reissue of the works of Louise Labé in 1875.

  • prosper Mérimée, whose virile pen enriched the world's literature by the creation of "Carmen," was born in 1803, in France.

  • prosper's answer was ready to slip from his tongue; he hesitated.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • prosper therefore, with undoubting heart despising the rabble of the wise.

British Dictionary definitions for prosper


(usually intransitive) to thrive, succeed, etc, or cause to thrive, succeed, etc in a healthy way
Word Origin
C15: from Latin prosperāre to succeed, from prosperus fortunate, from pro-1 + spēs hope
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Word Origin and History for prosper

mid-14c., from Old French prosperer (14c.) and directly from Latin prosperare "cause to succeed, render happy," from prosperus "favorable, fortunate, prosperous," perhaps literally "agreeable to one's wishes," from Old Latin pro spere "according to expectation," from pro "for" + ablative of spes "hope," from PIE root *spe- "to flourish, succeed, thrive, prosper" (see speed (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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prosper in Technology

["PROSPER: A Language for Specification by Prototyping", J. Leszczylowski, Comp Langs 14(3):165-180 (1989)].

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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