verb (used with object), pros·trat·ed, pros·trat·ing.
Origin of prostrate
Synonyms for prostrate
Related Words for prostratekneel, beaten, overwhelmed, reduced, paralyzed, open, overcome, wearied, drained, depressed, incapacitated, dejected, spent, exhausted, crippled, tuckered, fallen, frazzled, fagged, kowtow
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Historical Examples of 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
verb (prɒˈstreɪt) (tr)
Word Origin 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.