adjective pros·trate \ˈprä-ˌstrāt\

: 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

:  stretched out with face on the ground in adoration or submission; also :  lying flat
:  completely overcome and lacking vitality, will, or power to rise <was prostrate from the heat>
:  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.


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

Rhymes with PROSTRATE

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

: to make (someone) weak or powerless


Full Definition of PROSTRATE

transitive verb
:  to throw or put into a prostrate position
:  to put (oneself) in a humble and submissive posture or state <the whole town had to prostrate itself in official apology — Claudia Cassidy>
:  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>

First Known Use of PROSTRATE

15th century


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