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- prospre (obsolete, rare)
From Old French prosperer, from Latin prosperō (“I render happy”), from prosperus (“prosperous”), from Proto-Italic *prosparos, from Proto-Indo-European *speh₁- (“to succeed”), whence also Latin spēs (“hope, expectation”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɒspə(ɹ)/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɑspɚ/
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- (transitive) To favor; to render successful.
- 1549 March 7, Thomas Cranmer [et al.], compilers, The Booke of the Common Prayer and Administration of the Sacramentes, […], London: […] Edowardi Whitchurche […], →OCLC:
- Prosper thou our handiwork.
- c. 1587–1588, [Christopher Marlowe], Tamburlaine the Great. […] The First Part […], 2nd edition, part 1, London: […] [R. Robinson for] Richard Iones, […], published 1592, →OCLC; reprinted as Tamburlaine the Great (A Scolar Press Facsimile), Menston, Yorkshire, London: Scolar Press, 1973, →ISBN, Act I, scene ii:
- The Gods defenders of the innocent,
Will neuer proſper your intended driftes,
That thus oppreſſe poore friendles paſſengers.
- (intransitive) To be successful; to succeed; to be fortunate or prosperous; to thrive; to make gain.
- 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide:
- Yet his passion for her had grown fiercer than ever, and he swore to himself that he would win her back from her phantasies. She, one may believe, was ready enough to listen. As she walked with him by the Sker water his words were like musick to her ears, and Alison within doors laughed to herself and saw her devices prosper.
- (intransitive) To grow; to increase.
- See also Thesaurus:prosper
to be successful
- Alternative form of (singular masculine nominative)
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Declension of prosper