Definition of prosperous in English:



  • 1Successful in material terms; flourishing financially.

    ‘prosperous middle-class professionals’
    • ‘Today, it's a relatively stable democracy with one of the most prosperous agricultural economies in West Africa.’
    • ‘An inventory taken at the time shows a very prosperous society.’
    • ‘The place used to be very prosperous, producing high-quality wheat in ancient times.’
    • ‘His sister Ann was born two years later and the family were reasonably prosperous with the bakery business being successful.’
    • ‘And the people became more prosperous, more assertive, more individualist.’
    • ‘Rather a major problem is that the financial gap between the prosperous and poorer classes has been widening.’
    • ‘A wise man once said that a strong middle class is the key ingredient to a prosperous and healthy democracy.’
    • ‘However, there can be no doubt that we are becoming more prosperous.’
    • ‘But that is difficult, even for prosperous economies like those of Western Europe.’
    • ‘If we want a prosperous, successful nation the government has to start now and stop tinkering and thieving by stealth.’
    • ‘As a result, business there boomed, housing construction soared, and the area became quite prosperous.’
    • ‘By comparison, it makes even the moribund environmental market look relatively prosperous.’
    • ‘But in the long term it is difficult to see prosperous patients settling for second-class status.’
    • ‘A new prosperous middle class layer has emerged with no roots in the traditional way of life.’
    • ‘What she uncovers is an epidemic of unimaginable proportions within the world's most prosperous nation.’
    • ‘She was a prosperous merchant and creative free spirit, a poet and a wordsmith.’
    • ‘You will be successful and prosperous in travels, and family and social life will be good.’
    • ‘We want to ensure that our children's children inherit an economically prosperous country.’
    • ‘He was born in Moscow, the son of a prosperous tea merchant, and grew up in Odessa.’
    • ‘If they were successful, it supposedly meant they would have a prosperous life together.’
    thriving, prospering, booming, burgeoning, successful, strong, vigorous, buoyant
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    1. 1.1Bringing wealth and success.
      ‘we wish you a prosperous New Year’
      • ‘I would like to wish you all have a very happy, prosperous, wealthy and above all healthy New Year.’
      • ‘All these factors make for a prosperous future for hotels in this country.’
      • ‘Returning to the past is not a safe path to a prosperous future.’
      • ‘This is just a short note to wish you all a very successful, productive and prosperous New Year.’
      thriving, doing well, prospering, buoyant, expanding, flourishing, successful, strong, vigorous, productive, profitable, booming, burgeoning, fruitful, roaring, golden, palmy
      affluent, wealthy, rich, moneyed, cash rich, with deep pockets, well off, well-to-do, opulent, substantial, fortunate, lucky, in clover
      on a roll, on the up and up, rolling in it, rolling in money, in the money, loaded, stinking rich, well heeled, flush, made of money, on easy street
      quids in
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Late Middle English: from Old French prospereus, from Latin prosperus doing well.