from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Having success; flourishing.
  • adjective Well-to-do; well-off.
  • adjective Propitious; favorable.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Making good progress in the pursuit of anything desirable; having continued good fortune; successful; thriving: as, a prosperous trade; a prosperous voyage; a prosperous citizen.
  • Favorable; benignant; propitious: as, a prosperous wind.
  • Synonyms Successful, etc. (see fortunate), flourishing, well-off, well-to-do.
  • Propitious, auspicious.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Tending to prosperity; favoring; favorable; helpful.
  • adjective Being prospered; advancing in the pursuit of anything desirable; making gain, or increase; thriving; successful

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective characterized by success
  • adjective well off; affluent
  • adjective favorable

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

  • adjective very lively and profitable
  • adjective marked by peace and prosperity
  • adjective in fortunate circumstances financially; moderately rich
  • adjective presaging or likely to bring good luck


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French prosperer, from Latin prosperare, to cause to succeed, from prosperus, favorable, from Old Latin pro spere, according to expectation, from pro, for, and spes, hope



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