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

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 The bill targeted those who finance such activity by making it a first-time felony to solicit prostitutes. William L. Spence, idahostatesman, "Treasure Valley lawmakers poured their hearts into these bills — and lost | Idaho Statesman," 28 Mar. 2018 Though Theon sits with his eyes down, still experiencing PTSD from Ramsay's torture, Yara happily gets it on with a female prostitute. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "12 Things We Learned From the Latest Episode of 'Game of Thrones'," 6 June 2016 Patronizing a prostitute, a Class 4 felony, carries a maximum sentence of three years in prison upon conviction. Jim Newton, Lake County News-Sun, "Former North Chicago cop pleads guilty to patronizing a prostitute," 28 June 2018 Hayes hired Tichelman, whom authorities said was a prostitute, in November 2013. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Woman convicted in Google exec's death charged in Georgia," 27 June 2018 Nikias also came under fire last year for his poor handling of several university scandals including the former dean of the USC’s medical school using drugs on campus and partying with prostitutes. Sarah Midkiff, refinery29.com, "USC President Resigns After Pattern Of Sexual Abuse At Campus Health Center Emerges," 26 May 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

Transitive verb

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

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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

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