Definition of prosperous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈpräsp(ə)rəs/


1Successful in material terms; flourishing financially: prosperous middle-class professionals
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  • A new prosperous middle class layer has emerged with no roots in the traditional way of life.
  • If we want a prosperous, successful nation the government has to start now and stop tinkering and thieving by stealth.
  • Rather a major problem is that the financial gap between the prosperous and poorer classes has been widening.
1.1Bringing wealth and success: we wish you a prosperous New Year
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  • I would like to wish you all have a very happy, prosperous, wealthy and above all healthy New Year.
  • All these factors make for a prosperous future for hotels in this country.
  • Returning to the past is not a safe path to a prosperous future.
thriving, flourishing, successful, strong, vigorous, profitable, lucrative, expanding, booming, burgeoning;
affluent, wealthy, rich, moneyed, well off, well-to-do, opulent, substantial, in clover
informal on a roll, in the money



Pronunciation: /ˈpräsp(ə)rəslē/
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  • The immigrants to these areas were not seeking a new way of life when they arrived; they expected to continue their old lives, but more prosperously.
  • Her family lived prosperously in London, largely off her mother's properties in Ireland.
  • We have survived prosperously without the interference of your kind!


Pronunciation: /ˈpräsp(ə)rəsnəs/
Example sentences
  • Successfully and peacefully attaining 40 years means that it is now mature enough to effectively tackle and overcome impediments in its path before a mammoth leap to prosperousness.


Late Middle English: from Old French prospereus, from Latin prosperus 'doing well'.

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Syllabification: pros·per·ous

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