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prostitute

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verb pros·ti·tute \ˈpräs-tə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

Definition of prostitute

prostituted

prostituting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to offer indiscriminately for sexual intercourse especially for money

  3. 2 :  to devote to corrupt or unworthy purposes :  debase <prostitute one's talents>

prostitutor

play \-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>

Origin and Etymology of prostitute

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


First Known Use: 1530


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prostitute

adjective pros·ti·tute

Definition of prostitute

  1. :  devoted to corrupt purposes :  prostituted

1563

First Known Use of prostitute

1563


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prostitute

noun pros·ti·tute

Definition of prostitute

  1. 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. 2 :  a person (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>

1613

First Known Use of prostitute

1613


PROSTITUTE Defined for English Language Learners

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prostitute

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verb pros·ti·tute \ˈpräs-tə-ˌtüt, -ˌtyüt\

Definition of prostitute for English Language Learners

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


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prostitute

noun pros·ti·tute

Definition of prostitute for English Language Learners

  • : 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\

Legal Definition of prostitute

  1. :  a person who engages in sexual activity indiscriminately especially for money — compare panderer, pimp


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prostitute

transitive verb pros·ti·tute

Legal Definition of prostitute

prostituted

prostituting

  1. :  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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