[ pros-per ]
/ ˈprɒs pər /
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verb (used without object)
to be successful or fortunate, especially in financial respects; thrive; flourish.
verb (used with object)
Archaic. to make successful or fortunate.
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Origin of prosper

First recorded in 1425–75; late Middle English prosperen, Old French prosperer, from Latin prosperāre “to make happy,” derivative of prosperus prosperous

synonym study for prosper

1. See succeed.


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What does prosper mean?

Prosper means to be successful or fortunate, especially in a financial or material way.

Prosper often implies success in terms of wealth, health, and happiness. But it can also be used broadly, much like the words succeed, thrive, and flourish.

You can say that someone is prospering in the present, but the word is perhaps most commonly used in the context of what will happen in the future.

Prosper is associated with its use in the phrase “live long and prosper,” the catchphrase of the character Spock in the Star Trek series of TV shows and movies.

Someone who prospers can be described as prosperous. The noun prosperity refers to a state of success.

Example: If we can continue to maintain this level of quality, our company will continue to prosper.

Where does prosper come from?

The first records of the word prosper come from the 1400s. It comes from the Latin verb prosperāre, meaning “to make happy.”

To say that someone will prosper usually implies that they will achieve financial wealth, but it almost always implies that they will find happiness or contentment in their success. In other words, to prosper is usually to succeed in a healthy way—to thrive. The word is most often used in the context of a people’s careers and successful businesses.

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How is prosper used in real life?

Prosper is usually used in a positive way in the discussion of financial success. It’s somewhat formal compared to a synonym like succeed.



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Which of the following words is NOT a synonym of prosper?

A. flourish
B. thrive
C. succeed
D. wither

How to use prosper in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for prosper

/ (ˈprɒspə) /

(usually intr) to thrive, succeed, etc, or cause to thrive, succeed, etc in a healthy way

Word Origin for prosper

C15: from Latin prosperāre to succeed, from prosperus fortunate, from pro- 1 + spēs hope
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