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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 prospered
  • From prehistoric days to the present, mining enterprises have prospered at the expense of those who did the actual work.
  • Railroads prospered from the short-haul traffic for a burgeoning population they helped to create.
  • More important, he says, the field itself has prospered.
  • They have prospered and become a local favorite food fish.
  • Nations that did this well survived and occasionally prospered.
  • It was a leap of faith, but the railroads did come and the town prospered.
  • Throughout history, entrepreneurs have prospered by making profits.
  • Their farm, one of the few surviving in the region, had prospered as the south of the county filled in with new customers.
  • No chemist has prospered in the attempt to crystallize a religion.
  • In spite of the popularity of the short story, the novel prospered.
British Dictionary definitions for prospered


(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 prospered



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.)).

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