Definition of prosper in English:



  • 1 Succeed in material terms; be financially successful.

    ‘his business prospered’
    ‘the state hopes to prosper from free trade with the United States’
    • ‘Evolving with the times, it has survived and prospered by remaining flexible.’
    • ‘He never prospered financially, and was unable to avail himself of the chance of a safe parliamentary seat as he lacked the money from captured enemy prizes to ‘grease the political machine’.’
    • ‘To survive and prosper you may have to change with it or adapt your systems and attitudes to suit.’
    • ‘If people have a passion and are on a mission to be successful - they will prosper.’
    • ‘As they prospered products were segmented and increasingly customized.’
    • ‘They may conclude that for a business to prosper in the long term, they need a stable, permanent workforce.’
    • ‘Several times, she had almost given up hope that the business would ever prosper and the only thing that kept her going had been her pride.’
    • ‘Only if the basic fundamental rights are protected can a country succeed and prosper.’
    • ‘But if the game is to survive and prosper it will have to translate impressive viewing figures into commercial revenue.’
    • ‘Community groups across East Lancashire are set to prosper thanks to a new initiative which is being backed by a Rossendale firm.’
    • ‘Destiny lies in your own hands, but to develop and prosper you must be prepared to work hard.’
    • ‘A number of buildings were already provided and if the institution was to prosper it would need to expand.’
    • ‘The peasantry prospered by clearing land until the mid-ninth century, when it began to lose ground to its aristocratic neighbours, as land sales show.’
    • ‘Companies that prosper over the long term don't just offer good deals.’
    • ‘The once prospering city was now a leveled junkyard.’
    • ‘Unbalanced growth can also indicate whether even once prospering areas are developing anti-industrial land use or other slow- or no-growth regulatory policies.’
    • ‘These groups were prospering financially and enhancing the Spanish economy.’
    • ‘He invested in plastics manufacture and farming and prospered financially, but he knew he was vulnerable.’
    • ‘They are all well-run, prudent clubs who survive and sometimes prosper year in, year out.’
    • ‘The company has prospered by elevating one goal above all others: cutting prices relentlessly.’
    1. 1.1Flourish physically; grow strong and healthy.
      ‘areas where grey squirrels cannot prosper’
      • ‘He too is tempted to believe he could grow old and prosper with her by his side.’
      • ‘This lovely eastern river enjoyed a fine 2004 and I hope that it will continue to prosper this spring and beyond.’
      • ‘We don't feed on the younger or the stronger so that they may grow and prosper.’
      • ‘When the crop begins to grow and prosper, he can retire, become a gentleman farmer, and let a new, by now wiser, younger man, take over.’
      • ‘Yet, though we might wish that all marriages provided a secure and loving environment within which children will flourish and prosper, experience reminds us that this is not necessarily the case.’
      • ‘We will multiply and prosper such that our empire is infinite and our ingenuity boundless.’
      • ‘Cities can either grow and prosper, or they decline and decay.’
      • ‘His family grew and prospered, became educated and respected.’
      • ‘Its not for nothing that rivers have been respected all over the world, that they have been revered and venerated as mothers and it is in their fertile cradles that civilizations have flourished and prospered.’
      • ‘Neither is the fact that yet another talented Canadian visionary couldn't grow and prosper here.’
      • ‘He also feels that the standard of the men on the short-list is such that the club will prosper whoever they appoint.’
      • ‘Some individuals just couldn't grow, couldn't prosper, couldn't feast on what was provided for them by this individual freedom and choice.’
      • ‘It is hoped that this project will help the children to grow and prosper in an environment closer to that experienced by children within a family.’
      • ‘As the forest grew and prospered, indigenous tree species were introduced.’
      • ‘He is beautiful and the terrific strength and promise that he brought the world so many years ago has only grown and prospered.’
      • ‘Labour history prospers and has a healthy specialist periodical literature.’
      • ‘Hence whichever branch gets into a dynamic equilibrium with the surroundings survives, grows and prospers.’
      • ‘Gwalior has been the ‘nerve-center’ of a flourishing civilization prospering on the banks of the river Chambal.’
      • ‘As her confidence grew and she prospered on the course, there was good news on the medical front.’
      • ‘The conclusion he reaches is not terribly radical: The river has prospered the most when human activity in the region has been at its least.’
      do well, get on well, go well, fare well
      thrive, flourish, flower, bloom, blossom, burgeon, grow vigorously, shoot up
      boom, expand, spread, pick up, improve, come on
      succeed, be successful, make it, do all right for oneself, get ahead, progress, make progress, make headway, advance, get on in the world, go up in the world, arrive, fly high, make one's mark, make good, become rich, strike gold, strike oil, be in clover
      go places, go great guns, make the big time, be in the pink, be fine and dandy, be on easy street, live the life of riley
      make good speed
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    2. 1.2archaic [with object]Make successful.
      ‘God has wonderfully prospered this nation’
      • ‘By giving to God first he promises that he will prosper us.’
      • ‘You know, I rather think there are, and it might prosper the Lord's cause if we made a more determined effort to find them.’
      • ‘He knows the desires of my heart and He has promised to bless me and prosper me.’
      • ‘Of course, his alleged specialty is international trade, where he supposedly has made a case for moderate protectionism as a way to prosper a nation.’


Late Middle English: from Old French prosperer, from Latin prosperare, from prosperus doing well.