Definition of prosperous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈprɒsp(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 Merry Christmas and 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, doing well, prospering, buoyant, expanding, flourishing, successful, strong, vigorous, productive, profitable, booming, burgeoning, fruitful, roaring, golden, palmy;
affluent, wealthy, rich, moneyed, cash rich, with deep pockets, well off, well-to-do, opulent, substantial, fortunate, lucky, in clover
informal on a roll, on the up and up, rolling in it, rolling in money, in the money, loaded, stinking rich, well heeled, flush, made of money, on easy street
British informal quids in
informal, dated oofy



Pronunciation: /ˈprɒsp(ə)rəsli/
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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: /ˈprɒsp(ə)rəsnəs/
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  • 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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