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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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Examples from the web for prosper
  • But a university divided against itself will no more prosper or even survive than a cleaved house or country.
  • The only way that companies can prosper in these markets is to cut costs relentlessly and accept profit margins close to zero.
  • Countries that anticipate these developments can fill the gaps and prosper.
  • Given the right tools and encouragement, they will prosper beyond our wildest imagination.
  • Most berries prosper with one feeding of a complete fertilizer in early spring.
  • The universities that prosper in this new era are those that are lean, efficient, and responsive.
  • First, small countries on the fringe of rich trading areas can prosper mightily.
  • But gradually the collective system took hold and began to prosper.
  • Their citizens are missing a lot of opportunities to prosper.
  • Keep up the good works and may your groups continue to prosper in all your humble projects you are doing.
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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