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verb (used without object)
  1. to be successful or fortunate, especially in financial respects; thrive; flourish.
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verb (used with object)
  1. Archaic. to make successful or fortunate.
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Origin of prosper

1425–75; late Middle English prosperen < Latin prosperāre to make happy, derivative of prosperus prosperous
Related formsun·pros·pered, adjectiveun·pros·per·ing, adjective


1. See succeed.


1. fail.
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Historical Examples

  • The Puffles is not quite equal to the Prospers, as I can hear.

    Mr. Scarborough's Family

    Anthony Trollope

  • So there is an end forever to the hope that a child of the Buntingford Brewery should sit upon the throne of the Prospers.

    Mr. Scarborough's Family

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for prospers


  1. (usually intr) to thrive, succeed, etc, or cause to thrive, succeed, etc in a healthy way
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Word Origin

C15: from Latin prosperāre to succeed, from prosperus fortunate, from pro- 1 + spēs hope
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Word Origin and History for prospers



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.)).

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