[ pros-per ]
/ ˈprɒs pər /

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.

Origin of prosper

1425–75; late Middle English prosperen < Latin prosperāre to make happy, derivative of prosperus prosperous

Related forms

un·pros·pered, adjectiveun·pros·per·ing, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for prospering

  • Prospering, he had bethought him of his younger brother, a soldier at home reputed somewhat wild.

    Captain Blood|Rafael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for prospering


/ (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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