[ pros-ti-toot, -tyoot ]
/ ˈprɒs tɪˌtut, -ˌtyut /
a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money; whore; harlot.
a man who engages in sexual acts for money.
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·ti·tut·ed, pros·ti·tut·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
OTHER WORDS FROM prostitutepros·ti·tu·tor, nounun·pros·ti·tut·ed, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for prostitute
Prostituting their unique position in semi-literate, village-tribal societies – intellectuals in the Balkans sold out en masse.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for prostitute
/ (ˈprɒstɪˌtjuːt) /
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
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 prostituteprostitution, nounprostitutor, noun
Word Origin for prostitute
C16: from Latin prōstituere to expose to prostitution, from prō- in public + statuere to cause to stand
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