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Definition of "prostrate" []

  • To put or throw flat with the face down, as in submission or adoration: "He did not simply sit and meditate, he also knelt down, sometimes even prostrated himself” ( Iris Murdoch). (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to lie flat: The wind prostrated the young trees. (verb-transitive)
  • To reduce to extreme weakness or incapacitation; overcome: an illness that prostrated an entire family; a nation that was prostrated by years of civil war. (verb-transitive)
  • Lying face down, as in submission or adoration. (adjective)
  • Lying flat or at full length. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prostrate" in a sentence
  • "By the way, avoid some embarrassment by not confusing prostate, which can be inflamed enough to knock you to the floor, with the word prostrate, which means you are lying flat on the floor."
  • "My joints are stiff, my prostrate is large, And I must answer to the captain in charge."
  • "Or sit out there making a Daisy Chain, but I think after my photography session I've had enough suspicious glances from my neighbours seeing me yet again prostrate on my lawn."