- 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 prostrating
Prostrating myself on the examining table, I tried not to flinch as she zapped my scores of clogged pores.My Odyssey Into Extreme Dermatology
April 15, 2009
Prostrating himself on the ground, he asked the spirits name.A History of Chinese Literature
Herbert A. Giles
Prostrating himself he announced his purpose to make the attempt.Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)
James S. De Benneville
Prostrating themselves before Juanna and Otter they remained plunged in silence.The People Of The Mist
H. Rider Haggard
Prostrating himself but once, and with scanty ceremony, he stood erect to deliver his tidings in frank bluff tones.Sarchedon
G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
Prostrating himself before the pacha, he then rose, and folding his arms over his breast, awaited his commands in silence.The Pacha of Many Tales
- 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 prostrating
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.