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adjective pros·trate \ˈprä-ˌstrāt\

Simple Definition of prostrate

  • : lying with the front of your body turned toward the ground

  • : so tired, upset, etc., that you are unable to do anything

Full Definition of prostrate

  1. 1 :  stretched out with face on the ground in adoration or submission; also :  lying flat

  2. 2 :  completely overcome and lacking vitality, will, or power to rise <was prostrate from the heat>

  3. 3 :  trailing on the ground :  procumbent <prostrate shrubs>

Examples of prostrate

  1. The police found the body in a prostrate position.

  2. She was lying prostrate on the bed.

  3. They were prostrate from the heat.

Origin of prostrate

Middle English prostrat, from Anglo-French, from Latin prostratus, past participle of prosternere, from pro- before + sternere to spread out, throw down — more at strew

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of prostrate

prone, supine, prostrate, recumbent mean lying down. prone implies a position with the front of the body turned toward the supporting surface <push-ups require a prone position>. supine implies lying on one's back and suggests inertness or abjectness <lying supine on the couch>. prostrate implies lying full-length as in submission, defeat, or physical collapse <a runner fell prostrate at the finish line>. recumbent implies the posture of one sleeping or resting <a patient comfortably recumbent in a hospital bed>.

Rhymes with prostrate

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verb pros·trate \ˈprä-ˌstrāt, especially British prä-ˈ\

Simple Definition of prostrate

  • : to make (someone) weak or powerless

Full Definition of prostrate


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to throw or put into a prostrate position

  3. 2 :  to put (oneself) in a humble and submissive posture or state <the whole town had to prostrate itself in official apology — Claudia Cassidy>

  4. 3 :  to reduce to submission, helplessness, or exhaustion <was prostrated with grief>

Examples of prostrate

  1. <an athlete prostrated for weeks by a bout of pneumonia>

  2. <the huge increase in gas prices really prostrated the nation's economic engine>

15th Century

First Known Use of prostrate

15th century

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February 13, 2016

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