Definition of prosper in US English:

prosper

verb

[no object]
  • 1Succeed in material terms; be financially successful.

    ‘his business prospered’
    ‘the nation plans to prosper from free trade with the US’
    • ‘As they prospered products were segmented and increasingly customized.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The once prospering city was now a leveled junkyard.’
    • ‘If people have a passion and are on a mission to be successful - they will prosper.’
    • ‘They are all well-run, prudent clubs who survive and sometimes prosper year in, year out.’
    • ‘Only if the basic fundamental rights are protected can a country succeed and prosper.’
    • ‘Unbalanced growth can also indicate whether even once prospering areas are developing anti-industrial land use or other slow- or no-growth regulatory policies.’
    • ‘He invested in plastics manufacture and farming and prospered financially, but he knew he was vulnerable.’
    • ‘Companies that prosper over the long term don't just offer good deals.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These groups were prospering financially and enhancing the Spanish economy.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘A number of buildings were already provided and if the institution was to prosper it would need to expand.’
    • ‘Destiny lies in your own hands, but to develop and prosper you must be prepared to work hard.’
    • ‘Evolving with the times, it has survived and prospered by remaining flexible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They may conclude that for a business to prosper in the long term, they need a stable, permanent workforce.’
    • ‘The company has prospered by elevating one goal above all others: cutting prices relentlessly.’
    • ‘To survive and prosper you may have to change with it or adapt your systems and attitudes to suit.’
    do well, get on well, go well, fare well
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    1. 1.1 Flourish physically; grow strong and healthy.
      ‘areas where gray squirrels cannot prosper’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We don't feed on the younger or the stronger so that they may grow and prosper.’
      • ‘Hence whichever branch gets into a dynamic equilibrium with the surroundings survives, grows and prospers.’
      • ‘Some individuals just couldn't grow, couldn't prosper, couldn't feast on what was provided for them by this individual freedom and choice.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘We will multiply and prosper such that our empire is infinite and our ingenuity boundless.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He too is tempted to believe he could grow old and prosper with her by his side.’
      • ‘As the forest grew and prospered, indigenous tree species were introduced.’
      • ‘Labour history prospers and has a healthy specialist periodical literature.’
      • ‘His family grew and prospered, became educated and respected.’
      • ‘As her confidence grew and she prospered on the course, there was good news on the medical front.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Gwalior has been the ‘nerve-center’ of a flourishing civilization prospering on the banks of the river Chambal.’
      • ‘This lovely eastern river enjoyed a fine 2004 and I hope that it will continue to prosper this spring and beyond.’
      • ‘Cities can either grow and prosper, or they decline and decay.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He is beautiful and the terrific strength and promise that he brought the world so many years ago has only grown and prospered.’
      do well, get on well, go well, fare well
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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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He knows the desires of my heart and He has promised to bless me and prosper me.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

prosper

/ˈpräspər//ˈprɑspər/