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prostitute

[ pros-ti-toot, -tyoot ]
/ 藞pr蓲s t瑟藢tut, -藢tyut /
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noun
a person who engages in sexual intercourse or other sex acts for money; sex worker.
a person who willingly uses his or her talent or ability in a base and unworthy way, usually for money.
verb (used with object), pros路ti路tut路ed, pros路ti路tut路ing.
to sell or offer (oneself) as a prostitute.
to put to any base or unworthy use: to prostitute one's talents.
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Origin of prostitute

First recorded in 1530鈥40; from Latin pr艒stit奴ta and pr艒stit奴tus, noun uses of feminine and masculine forms of pr艒stit奴tus, past participle of pr艒stituere 鈥渢o place before, expose (for sale),鈥 equivalent to pr艒- 鈥渂efore鈥 + -stit奴-, combining form of statuere 鈥渢o make stand鈥 + -tus past participle suffix; see pro-1, status

OTHER WORDS FROM prostitute

pros路ti路tu路tor, nounun路pros路ti路tut路ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for prostitute

prostitute
/ (藞pr蓲st瑟藢tju藧t) /

noun
a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
a man who engages in such activity, esp in homosexual practices
a person who offers his talent or work for unworthy purposes
verb (tr)
to offer (oneself or another) in sexual intercourse for money
to offer (a person, esp oneself, or a person's talent) for unworthy purposes

Derived forms of prostitute

prostitution, nounprostitutor, noun

Word Origin for prostitute

C16: from Latin pr艒stituere to expose to prostitution, from pr艒- in public + statuere to cause to stand
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition 漏 William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 漏 HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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