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prostitute

verb pros·ti·tute \ ˈprä-stə-ˌtüt , -ˌtyüt \
|Updated on: 11 Jul 2018
prostituted; prostituting
1 : to offer indiscriminately for sexual intercourse especially for money
2 : to devote to corrupt or unworthy purposes : debase
  • prostitute one's talents

prostitutor

play \ˈprä-stə-ˌtü-tər, -ˌtyü-\ noun

Examples of prostitute in a Sentence

  1. a writer who prostituted his talents by writing commercials

  2. a serious writer prostituting himself by writing pulp novels for money

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Origin and Etymology of prostitute

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

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prostitute

adjective
: devoted to corrupt purposes : prostituted

First Known Use of prostitute

1563

in the meaning defined above

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prostitute

noun
1 a : 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)

Examples of prostitute in a Sentence

  1. the town was horrified to discover that she had once been a prostitute

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First Known Use of prostitute

1607

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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PROSTITUTE Defined for English Language Learners

prostitute

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


prostitute

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


Law Dictionary

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prostitute

noun pros·ti·tute \ ˈpräs-tə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt \
: a person who engages in sexual activity indiscriminately especially for money — compare panderer, pimp

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prostitute

transitive verb
prostituted; prostituting
: to offer as a prostitute

Origin and Etymology of prostitute

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


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