- 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 prospered
Prospered, indeed, to a degree that filled the young workers with amazement—I might almost say, with awe.Interrupted
- (usually intr) to thrive, succeed, etc, or cause to thrive, succeed, etc in a healthy way
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.)).