- to be successful or fortunate, especially in financial respects; thrive; flourish.
- Archaic. to make successful or fortunate.
Origin of prosper
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Examples from the Web for prosper
Back then, Prosper and the others may not have been saying in public, “Oh, my God, this is wrong.”The Crimes of Guantánamo
April 28, 2009
Prosper had stopped to let the donkey drink from the stream.
Prosper looked about him, taxing his recollection fruitlessly.
Prosper's answer was ready to slip from his tongue; he hesitated.
Prosper, as far as he was concerned, was suffering from want of sleep.
And, as well as the shawl, I shall have something to send to Prosper's old friend.Grandmother Dear
- (usually intr) to thrive, succeed, etc, or cause to thrive, succeed, etc in a healthy way
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.)).