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Definition of prosper verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

prosper

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈprɒspə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspər//
 
[intransitive]Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prosper
BrE BrE//ˈprɒspə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspər//
 
he / she / it prospers
BrE BrE//ˈprɒspəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspərz//
 
past simple prospered
BrE BrE//ˈprɒspəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspərd//
 
past participle prospered
BrE BrE//ˈprɒspəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspərd//
 
-ing form prospering
BrE BrE//ˈprɒspərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːspərɪŋ//
 
 
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to develop in a successful way; to be successful, especially in making money synonym thrive The economy prospered under his administration. She seems to be prospering since she moved out of the city. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French prosperer, from Latin prosperare, from prosperus ‘doing well’.Extra examples His career prospered. The railway prospered from the new mining traffic. Tradesmen prospered by supplying the spectators with refreshments.
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