prostitute

verb
pros·​ti·​tute | \ˈprä-stə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\
prostituted; prostituting

Definition of prostitute 

(Entry 1 of 3)

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

prostitute

adjective

Definition of prostitute (Entry 2 of 3)

: devoted to corrupt purposes : prostituted

prostitute

noun

Definition of prostitute (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : 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 (such as a writer or painter) who deliberately debases his or her talents (as for money)

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Other Words from prostitute

Verb

prostitutor \ ˈprä-​stə-​ˌtü-​tər , -​ˌtyü-​ \ noun

Examples of prostitute in a Sentence

Verb

a writer who prostituted his talents by writing commercials a serious writer prostituting himself by writing pulp novels for money

Noun

the town was horrified to discover that she had once been a prostitute
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The indictment discusses another girl who was murdered after being prostituted on Backpage, a case in which the killer then attempted to burn his victim's body. Author: Tom Jackman, Mark Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Top officials at Backpage.com indicted after classifieds site taken offline," 10 Apr. 2018 Lorenzo Darrel Hatcher, 25, of Hamtramck and Lamyia Ieshia-Pamela Sneed, 21, of St. Clair Shores, are accused of kidnapping a 20-year-old Ohio woman and profiting off of prostituting her. Marc Daalder, Detroit Free Press, "Ohio woman allegedly kidnapped, forced into prostitution in Detroit," 11 June 2018 At night, while her mom prostituted, Deshae would often stay with Khaled’s brother or at a 24-hour day care—but even that was common in Vegas, where parents tend to work odd hours. Jeremy Fuchs, SI.com, "Life After Escaping the World of Human Trafficking," 10 May 2018 The indictment discusses another girl who was murdered after being prostituted on Backpage, a case in which the killer then attempted to burn his victim's body. Author: Tom Jackman, Mark Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Top officials at Backpage.com indicted after classifieds site taken offline," 10 Apr. 2018 The Great Mystical Circus (O Grande Circo Mistico) spans five generations of a family of circus owners, tracing them from heyday to mayday, when the big top is in shreds and the last owner is reduced to prostituting her daughters. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Great Mystical Circus' ('O Grande Circo Mistico'): Film Review | Cannes 2018," 13 May 2018 The indictment discusses another girl who was murdered after being prostituted on Backpage, a case in which the killer then attempted to burn his victim's body. Author: Tom Jackman, Mark Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Top officials at Backpage.com indicted after classifieds site taken offline," 10 Apr. 2018 The indictment discusses another girl who was murdered after being prostituted on Backpage, a case in which the killer then attempted to burn his victim's body. Author: Tom Jackman, Mark Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Top officials at Backpage.com indicted after classifieds site taken offline," 10 Apr. 2018 The indictment discusses another girl who was murdered after being prostituted on Backpage, a case in which the killer then attempted to burn his victim's body. Author: Tom Jackman, Mark Berman, Anchorage Daily News, "Top officials at Backpage.com indicted after classifieds site taken offline," 10 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Hancock is one of several players who is suing the NCAA and is tired of answering the question about prostitutes nearly every day Louisville Courier Journal Luke Hancock has been wronged. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-Card Luke Hancock sympathetic, but law seems to be on NCAA's side," 11 July 2018 After seizing power in 1949, the party used its control of the economy to provide alternative jobs for many prostitutes. The Economist, "In China, sex work is being pushed back into the shadows," 5 July 2018 In New York City, that meant uncompromising pursuit of wrongdoers, from prostitutes and street-corner drug dealers to fare-beaters in the subways. Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "The truth about 'zero tolerance': It doesn't work and always leads to disaster," 22 June 2018 Oxfam's right to operate in Haiti had already been revoked in February following allegations that staff members, including the country director, hired prostitutes at Oxfam properties while working in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Haiti bans Oxfam GB over sexual misconduct scandal," 14 June 2018 That included cash, sham leases, luxury cars, trips on private jets, strip club visits and prostitutes, the U.S. Attorney for New Jersey said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Patients got needless blood work. Their doctors got sex, cars and strippers, N.J. prosecutors say," 13 June 2018 During that same meeting, Comey alerted Trump to the existence of salacious allegations concerning Russia prostitutes contained in a dossier compiled by a former British spy that had been circulating around Washington. Bloomberg.com, "Giuliani Offers New Explanation of Why Trump Fired Comey," 3 May 2018 Before Cosby, black characters in movies and television were largely depicted as drug addicts, pimps, and prostitutes. Beverly Johnson, Vanities, "Beverly Johnson on Cosby’s Guilty Verdict: “Shame on Him”," 27 Apr. 2018 Now, the question of whether Donald Trump hired prostitutes to urinate on a bed five years ago does not, in and of itself, seem important to American public policy in any way. Andrew Prokop, Vox, "The “pee tape” claim, explained," 15 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of prostitute

Verb

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1563, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for prostitute

Verb

Latin prostitutus, past participle of prostituere, from pro- before + statuere to station — more at pro-, statute

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More Definitions for prostitute

prostitute

verb

English Language Learners Definition of prostitute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

prostitute

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prostitute (Entry 2 of 2)

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

prostitute

noun
pros·​ti·​tute | \ˈpräs-tə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

Legal Definition of prostitute 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: a person who engages in sexual activity indiscriminately especially for money — compare panderer, pimp

prostitute

transitive verb
prostituted; prostituting

Legal Definition of prostitute (Entry 2 of 2)

: to offer as a prostitute

History and Etymology for prostitute

Transitive verb

Latin prostitutus, past participle of prostituere, from pro- before + statuere to cause to stand, place

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