Definition of prosper in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒspə/


[no object]
1Succeed in material terms; be financially successful: his business prospered the state hopes to prosper from free trade with the United States
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  • They may conclude that for a business to prosper in the long term, they need a stable, permanent workforce.
  • He never prospered financially, and was unable to avail himself of the chance of a safe parliamentary seat as he lacked the money from captured enemy prizes to ‘grease the political machine’.
  • He invested in plastics manufacture and farming and prospered financially, but he knew he was vulnerable.
1.1Flourish physically; grow strong and healthy: areas where grey squirrels cannot prosper
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  • We don't feed on the younger or the stronger so that they may grow and prosper.
  • Gwalior has been the ‘nerve-center’ of a flourishing civilization prospering on the banks of the river Chambal.
  • Its not for nothing that rivers have been respected all over the world, that they have been revered and venerated as mothers and it is in their fertile cradles that civilizations have flourished and prospered.
do well, get on well, go well, fare well;
thrive, flourish, flower, bloom, blossom, burgeon, grow vigorously, shoot up;
boom, expand, spread, pick up, improve, come on;
succeed, be successful, make it, do all right for oneself, get ahead, progress, make progress, make headway, advance, get on in the world, go up in the world, arrive, fly high, make one's mark, make good, become rich, strike gold/oil, be in clover
informal go places, go great guns, make the big time, be in the pink, be fine and dandy, be on easy street, live the life of Riley
archaic make good speed
1.2 [with object] archaic Make successful: God has wonderfully prospered this nation
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  • Of course, his alleged specialty is international trade, where he supposedly has made a case for moderate protectionism as a way to prosper a nation.
  • He knows the desires of my heart and He has promised to bless me and prosper me.
  • By giving to God first he promises that he will prosper us.


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

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