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 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 Kamala doesn’t care if Willie was good...women who prostitute themselves only care about money and prestige. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kamala Harris Is Already Being Called a Prostitute," 29 Jan. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Senators unanimously backed Senate Bill 46, which would add a $5,000 fine on top of other penalties for soliciting prostitutes or maintaining a place of prostitution. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin Senate sends Gov. Tony Evers abortion legislation he has promised to veto," 5 June 2019 The script was written four years earlier, well before Robert Kraft was charged in February with two misdemeanor counts of soliciting a prostitute at the Orchids of Asia Day Spa in Florida. BostonGlobe.com, "unhappy with questions about his cameo in a recent Netflix comedy series," 22 Oct. 2019 But the Falcons never recorded consecutive winning seasons, and the team’s lone Super Bowl appearance was marred by the arrest of safety Eugene Robinson for soliciting a prostitute the night before the game. SI.com, "A History of Football in 100 Objects," 28 Aug. 2019 In a lurid twist, Charles Kushner had apparently hired a prostitute to seduce his brother-in-law and videotape the interaction because Kushner believed the man was cooperating with federal authorities. The Editors, Town & Country, "8 Things You Should Know About the Kushner Family," 25 July 2019 Joshua Hensley, 38, also faces one count of stalking and one count of patronizing a prostitute, according to the Denver district attorney’s office. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Suspended male correctional officer at Denver women’s prison charged with attempted pimping," 18 July 2019 The feting and gala ceremony in his honor in Jerusalem offered Kraft a welcome reprieve just four months after he was charged with soliciting a prostitute at a Florida massage parlor. Aron Heller, Houston Chronicle, "Israel honors Patriots owner Robert Kraft amid solicitation case," 20 June 2019 The ceremony on June 20 would mark Kraft's highest-profile public appearance since he was charged in February with soliciting a prostitute at a Florida massage parlor. Josef Federman, courant.com, "Patriots’ Robert Kraft to receive warm welcome in Israel," 12 June 2019 Those found guilty of soliciting a prostitute could face prison and a fine as well. NBC News, "New York state lawmakers introduce bill to decriminalize sex work," 10 June 2019

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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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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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