- 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 prospering
Prospering, he had bethought him of his younger brother, a soldier at home reputed somewhat wild.Captain Blood
- (usually intr) to thrive, succeed, etc, or cause to thrive, succeed, etc in a healthy way
Word Origin and History for prospering
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.)).