- to cast (oneself) face down on the ground in humility, submission, or adoration.
- to lay flat, as on the ground.
- to throw down level with the ground.
- to overthrow, overcome, or reduce to helplessness.
- to reduce to physical weakness or exhaustion.
- lying flat or at full length, as on the ground.
- lying face down on the ground, as in token of humility, submission, or adoration.
- overthrown, overcome, or helpless: a country left prostrate by natural disasters.
- physically weak or exhausted.
- utterly dejected or depressed; disconsolate.
- Botany. (of a plant or stem) lying flat on the ground.
Origin of prostrate
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Examples from the Web for prostrate
Prostrate before Emmanuel's throne, they repeated their confession.Bunyan
James Anthony Froude
They have said: "Prostrate yourselves, these gods are just."Woman on Her Own, False Gods & The Red Robe
Prostrate trunks, yards in diameter and half-decayed, lie along the ground.The Scalp Hunters
Prostrate forms, both of man and horse, were lying upon the plain.The War Trail
Procumbent or Prostrate, lying flat on the ground from the first.The Elements of Botany
- lying with the face downwards, as in submission
- exhausted physically or emotionally
- helpless or defenceless
- (of a plant) growing closely along the ground
- to bow or cast (oneself) down, as in submission
- to lay or throw down flat, as on the ground
- to make helpless or defenceless
- to make exhausted
Word Origin and History for prostrate
mid-14c., "lying face-down" (in submission, worship, etc.), from Latin prostratus, past participle of prosternere "strew in front, throw down," from pro- "forth" (see pro-) + sternere "to spread out," from PIE root *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (see structure (n.)). Figurative use from 1590s. General sense of "laid out, knocked flat" is from 1670s.
early 15c., prostraten, "prostrate oneself," from prostrate (adj.). Related: Prostrated; prostrating.
- Growing flat along the ground. Creeping jenny, pennyroyal, and many species of ivy have a prostrate growth habit.