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 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 At the other end is the caricature, butt of flabby jokes, trussed in Las Vegas gaud, voice prostituted to a huge orchestra. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: All Shook Up," 16 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun While some found refuge at Casa Nem, others like transgender prostitute Alice Larubia, 25, are stuck on the streets, hustling to earn enough to get by as the economy tanks. Washington Post, "Brazil LGBTQ group hides from virus in Copacabana building," 10 July 2020 Endesha Ida Mae Holland, a teenage prostitute, found purpose as a SNCC field secretary, organizing and leading marches in Greenwood, Mississippi. Sarah Silkey, The Conversation, "There are many leaders of today’s protest movement – just like the civil rights movement," 7 July 2020 Wicker, now 82, was initially hesitant of Johnson, who often worked as a prostitute and would sometimes end up in jail as a result. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "A petition wants to replace a New Jersey city's Christopher Columbus statue with Black trans activist Marsha P. Johnson," 27 June 2020 In 2006, Epstein was found guilty of soliciting an underage prostitute and was sentenced to 18 months in prison. Spencer Neale, Washington Examiner, "'A family affair': Ann Coulter accuses Florida judge and associates of Epstein 'cover-up'," 9 June 2020 The gray-haired man in the pearlescent blue silk suit was Richard Reynolds: double entry, member of Congress from Delaware and multiple arrests for solicitation of a prostitute—no convictions. August Cole, Wired, "AI, AR, and the (Somewhat) Speculative Future of a Tech-Fueled FBI," 5 June 2020 But Isabelle, a Macedonian transgender prostitute, is gloomy. The Economist, "Social distancing and prostitution Germany helps sex workers idled by covid-19," 4 June 2020 Shonda McCarthy, the 46-year-old director of the Jackson State University art galleries, was charged with procuring services of a prostitute and possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle. Fox News, "Jackson State University president resigns after arrest in prostitution sting in Mississippi," 11 Feb. 2020 Shonda McCarthy, 46, of Jackson, Mississippi, was charged with procuring services of a prostitute and possession of marijuana while operating a motor vehicle, according to police. Morgan Winsor, ABC News, "Jackson State University president resigns following arrest in prostitution sting," 11 Feb. 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

24 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Prostitute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prostitute. Accessed 7 Aug. 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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