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 prostitute (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 Prosecutors said Price met the two underage girls from Texas through Instagram and encouraged both to prostitute themselves. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego man sentenced to 15 years in prison for child sex trafficking," 21 Sep. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But the record suggests that Comey might have had another reason for taking the unverified story of the prostitute video to Trump. New York Times, "To Understand This Chaotic Transition, Rewind to the Last One," 15 Jan. 2017 Now Julianna cobbles together a living as a cocktail waitress, part-time exotic dancer and quasi-prostitute. Oline H. Cogdill, sun-sentinel.com, "Book review: Ivy Pochoda’s excellent ‘These Women’ illuminates those who live in the margins," 11 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In 2018, former LSU running back Derrius Guice said one team at the combine asked about his sexuality and another inquired if his mother was a prostitute. Rob Maaddi, ajc, "AP source: NFL exploring changes to scouting combine," 22 Apr. 2021 In 2018, former LSU running back Derrius Guice said one team at the combine asked about his sexuality and another inquired if his mother was a prostitute. Rob Maaddi, Star Tribune, "AP source: NFL exploring changes to scouting combine," 21 Apr. 2021 Dear Lizzy, My good friend’s daughter is a prostitute. oregonlive, "Why Tho? My friend’s kid is a sex worker. Should I tell him?," 8 Apr. 2021 For his part, Napthaly dredged up an old story that de Young’s mother had once been a prostitute. Gary Kamiya, San Francisco Chronicle, "Murder at the newspaper: When a Chronicle editor was shot dead," 2 Apr. 2021 Prosecutors said Langston Amani Harris, 23, robbed and killed Jose Raul Boyzo-Hernandez, 22, after Boyzo-Hernandez had arranged by phone to have a prostitute come to his apartment on Sept. 20, 2017. oregonlive, "Judge suppresses evidence from wiretap in murder case, ruling OR’s wiretap law violates federal Wiretap Act," 7 Apr. 2021 In a violent, futuristic metropolis, a law-enforcement officer and his rookie trainee become caught up in a high-stakes conflict with a vicious prostitute-turned-drug lord. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week: ‘The Searchers’; ‘Forrest Gump’," 12 Mar. 2021 If a French visitor stays at the Red House with a young woman who is effectively a prostitute, should Shay intervene or speak up? Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "Andrea Lee's lush, Madagascar-set 'Red Island House' a keen examination of power, racism," 22 Mar. 2021 In Miss Saigon, Kim, the Vietnamese prostitute whom the American soldier Chris falls in love with, willingly obliterates herself, ceding to the American wife, Ellen, enabling the creation of the American nuclear family. Jerrine Tan, Wired, "The Atlanta Shootings Made Me Stop Gaslighting Myself," 19 Mar. 2021

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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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“Prostitute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/prostitute. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for prostitute

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

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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