Dictionary.com

prostrate

[ pros-treyt ]
/ ˈprɒs treɪt /
Save This Word!
See synonyms for: prostrate / prostrated on Thesaurus.com

verb (used with object), pros·trat·ed, pros·trat·ing.
adjective
QUIZ
ARE YOU A TRUE BLUE CHAMPION OF THESE "BLUE" SYNONYMS?
We could talk until we're blue in the face about this quiz on words for the color "blue," but we think you should take the quiz and find out if you're a whiz at these colorful terms.
Question 1 of 8
Which of the following words describes “sky blue”?
Meet Grammar CoachWrite or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar helpImprove Your Writing
Meet Grammar CoachImprove Your Writing
Write or paste your essay, email, or story into Grammar Coach and get grammar help

Origin of prostrate

1350–1400; (adj.) Middle English prostrat<Latin prōstrātus, past participle of prōsternere to throw prone, equivalent to prō-pro-1 + strā-, variant stem of sternere to stretch out + -tus past participle suffix; (v.) Middle English prostraten, derivative of the adj.

OTHER WORDS FROM prostrate

pros·tra·tive [pros-truh-tiv], /ˈprɒs trə tɪv/, adjectivepros·tra·tor, nounun·pros·trat·ed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH prostrate

1. prone, prostate, prostrate , supine2. prostate, prostrate
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021

How to use prostrate in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for prostrate

prostrate

adjective (ˈprɒstreɪt)
verb (prɒˈstreɪt) (tr)

Derived forms of prostrate

prostration, noun

Word Origin for prostrate

C14: from Latin prōsternere to throw to the ground, from prō- before + sternere to lay low
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for prostrate

prostrate
[ prŏstrāt′ ]

Growing flat along the ground. Creeping jenny, pennyroyal, and many species of ivy have a prostrate growth habit.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
FEEDBACK