prostitute

verb
pros·​ti·​tute | \ ˈprä-stə-ˌtüt How to pronounce prostitute (audio) , -ˌtyüt \
prostituted; prostituting; prostitutes

Definition of prostitute

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to offer for sexual intercourse in exchange for pay prostitute oneself
2 : to devote to corrupt or unworthy purposes : debase prostitute one's talents

intransitive verb

: to act as a prostitute : to prostitute onself When she prostituted, she worked as a call girl …— Joanne Meyerowitz

prostitute

adjective

Definition of prostitute (Entry 2 of 3)

: devoted to corrupt purposes : prostituted

prostitute

noun
plural prostitutes

Definition of prostitute (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a person who engages in sexual intercourse in exchange for pay
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 How to pronounce prostitutor (audio) , -​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 Prosecutors said Price met the two underage girls from Texas through Instagram and encouraged both to prostitute themselves. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego man sentenced to 15 years in prison for child sex trafficking," 21 Sep. 2020 But over the years, like in Venice and Barcelona, floods of visitors have overwhelmed local lives -- from puking stoners to prostitute stalkers. Ruben Munsterman, Fortune, "With coronavirus in retreat, Amsterdam locals believe they can now reclaim a city center lost to overtourism," 9 June 2020 The victim told police that Veasley spoke to her about prostituting herself and provided her with a pack of condoms. Elliot Hughes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Police say Milwaukee man kidnapped 15-year-old, assaulted her in hotel room," 26 May 2020 Celia now takes refuge in a ravine beneath a highway overpass with other homeless children who dumpster dive for food and prostitute themselves for a few dollars or the promise of a hot meal or drugs. Elizabeth Hand, Washington Post, "In her new novel, Rene Denfeld draws on her experience as a homeless child," 28 Oct. 2019 The woman testified that Tawfeeq talked to her about how to prostitute herself to make extra money. Amanda Marrazzo, chicagotribune.com, "Former Uber driver from Elgin found guilty of sexually assaulting female passenger," 7 Nov. 2019 His mother, who could not read or write, sometimes prostituted herself to keep food on the table. New York Times, "Times Critics’ Top Books of 2019," 5 Dec. 2019 Court documents suggested that the girl had a falling out with Horenstein and allegedly ended up being prostituted by another woman, 27-year-old Souprina Blanc. Fox News, "Florida girl, 13, forced into prostitution, nicknamed ‘breadmaker’ by alleged traffickers, police say," 4 Dec. 2019 Currens allegedly drove the victim from Panama City to Mobile in March with plans to force the girl to prostitute herself during Mardi Gras, according to U.S. Attorney Richard W. Moore. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Mobile federal judge sentences man to 2 years in prostitution scheme," 19 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Now Julianna cobbles together a living as a cocktail waitress, part-time exotic dancer and quasi-prostitute. Oline H. Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, "Book review: Ivy Pochoda’s excellent ‘These Women’ illuminates those who live in the margins," 11 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Perzechino, now 59, submitted a sample of his DNA to authorities as early as 2012, when he was taken into custody for attempting to solicit a prostitute in Anchorage and pleaded no contest to the charge, according to log notes of trial testimony. Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News, "Former Iditarod musher found guilty of rape, kidnapping in 19-year-old cold case," 5 Nov. 2020 The investigation at the time found Bryd had worked as a prostitute and often sought vacant locations to meet up with men, the report said. Grace Toohey, orlandosentinel.com, "Georgia man arrested on fingerprint match for 1997 killing denies involvement," 5 Nov. 2020 On one occasion, Dr. Wallace encountered a prostitute who wanted to stop using drugs and could find nowhere to spend the night, at a treatment center or elsewhere. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Joyce Wallace, physician who catered with compassion to prostitutes, dies at 79," 30 Oct. 2020 The night Maricella died, she was punished for yelling at a fellow inmate who had called her a prostitute at 6:30 p.m. jsonline.com, "A Wisconsin teen's death behind bars reveals how children get trapped in the justice system -- and how we can stop the cycle," 23 Oct. 2020 Once, when her son, Ari Kahn, was about 12, Dr. Wallace, who had to get to the hospital to see her patients, left him at home with a prostitute who was H.I.V. positive and going through heroin withdrawal. New York Times, "Dr. Joyce Wallace, Pioneering AIDS Physician, Dies at 79," 27 Oct. 2020 The Enquirer interviewed 10 women who separately shared accounts of working for Mearan as a prostitute at various times over the last two decades. Cincinnati Enquirer Staff, The Enquirer, "Portsmouth lawyer Michael Mearan arrested on human trafficking charges," 23 Oct. 2020 The album’s exploration of the sacred and mundane is inspired by Mary Magdalene — a figure who, despite once being framed by the Church as a sinful prostitute, was, as Twigs learned, a healer. Emily J. Lordi Photographs By Liz Johnson Artur, New York Times, "FKA Twigs," 19 Oct. 2020 There's even an insane sequence in which a young Kravitz saves a teenage prostitute from a pimp and stashes her in his bedroom. Mark Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Rocker Lenny Kravitz looks back to when he found his voice," 16 Oct. 2020

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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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The first known use of prostitute was in 1530

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Last Updated

28 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Prostitute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prostitute. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for prostitute

prostitute

verb
How to pronounce prostitute (audio)

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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