Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To be fortunate or successful, especially in terms of one's finances; thrive.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To favor; to render successful.
  • v. To be successful; to succeed; to be fortunate or prosperous; to thrive; to make gain.
  • v. To grow; to increase.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To favor; to render successful.
  • intransitive v. To be successful; to succeed; to be fortunate or prosperous; to thrive; to make gain.
  • intransitive v. To grow; to increase.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To be prosperous or successful; succeed; thrive; advance or improve in any good thing: said of persons.
  • To be in a successful state: turn out fortunalely or happily: said of affairs, business, and the like.
  • To increase in size; grow.
  • To make prosperous; favor; promote the success of.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make steady progress; be at the high point in one's career or reach a high point in historical significance or importance

Etymologies

Middle English prosperen, from Old French prosperer, from Latin prosperāre, to render fortunate, from prosperus, favorable; see spē- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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