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 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 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Police found the skull of Jessica Taylor, a 20-year-old prostitute who disappeared in 2003, near Gilgo Beach and most of the rest of her body in a wooded area of Manorville. CBS News, ""Breakthrough": Remains identified in Long Island serial killer case," 25 May 2020 According to Forbes, Rothstein spent more than $50,000 a month on prostitutes, wore $6,000 suits and had a pair of $1.6 million Bugatti sports cars. Aaliyah Gibson, chicagotribune.com, "Scams and shams: The biggest frauds in business," 1 Nov. 2019 Never Make Love in This Town Again, which is a tell-all about prostitutes in Hollywood. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, "Brit Bennett and Emma Cline on love, literature, and losing your mind in the time of coronavirus," 11 May 2020 In 2014, the group celebrated a victory when a Mexico City judge ruled that prostitutes should be recognized as nonsalaried workers, allowing them to access certain government benefits. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, "He fought to protect sex workers from COVID-19 and much more. Then the virus came for him," 6 May 2020 Blake Lively stars as a druggie prostitute whose family was lost in a plane crash. Willie Brown, SFChronicle.com, "Beat Trump? Democrats doing their best to wreck their chance," 8 Feb. 2020 Following a series of bewilderingly complex derivatives deals in 2008, the Libyans, courted with lavish hospitality (allegedly including prostitutes), were out $1.2 billion, while Goldman took home fees totaling as much as $350 million. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's Magazine, "The Malaysian Job," 27 Apr. 2020 The Supreme Court’s decision Monday overturns the conviction and life prison term of Evangelisto Ramos, who was convicted by a 10-2 jury of murdering a prostitute in New Orleans. Los Angeles Times, "In historic ruling, Supreme Court says state jury verdicts in serious criminal cases must be unanimous," 20 Apr. 2020 Three young boys befriend a prostitute named V. After a striptease, V drives the boys home to the suburbs but ends up staying once her car breaks down. Briana Rice, Cincinnati.com, "20 best-ranked movies ever filmed in Greater Cincinnati," 27 Mar. 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

15 Apr 2020

Cite this Entry

“Prostitute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prostitute. Accessed 4 Jun. 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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