prostitute


1pros·ti·tute

verb \ˈpräs-tə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

: to use (something valuable, such as talent) in a way that is not appropriate or respectable and especially to earn money

pros·ti·tut·edpros·ti·tut·ing

Full Definition of PROSTITUTE

transitive verb
1
:  to offer indiscriminately for sexual intercourse especially for money
2
:  to devote to corrupt or unworthy purposes :  debase <prostitute one's talents>
pros·ti·tu·tor \-ˌtü-tər, -ˌtyü-\ noun

Examples of PROSTITUTE

  1. a writer who prostituted his talents by writing commercials
  2. <a serious writer prostituting himself by writing pulp novels for money>

Origin of PROSTITUTE

Latin prostitutus, past participle of prostituere, from pro- before + statuere to station — more at pro-, statute
First Known Use: 1530

2prostitute

adjective

Definition of PROSTITUTE

:  devoted to corrupt purposes :  prostituted

First Known Use of PROSTITUTE

1563

3prostitute

noun

: a person who has sex with someone in exchange for money

Full Definition of PROSTITUTE

1
a :  a woman who engages in promiscuous sexual intercourse especially for money :  whore
b :  a male who engages in sexual and especially homosexual practices for money
2
:  a person (as a writer or painter) who deliberately debases his or her talents (as for money)

Examples of PROSTITUTE

  1. <the town was horrified to discover that she had once been a prostitute>

First Known Use of PROSTITUTE

1613

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