[ pros-treyt ]
/ ˈprɒs treɪt /

verb (used with object), pros·trat·ed, pros·trat·ing.


Nearby words

  1. prostitute,
  2. prostitution,
  3. prostomiate,
  4. prostomium,
  5. prostoon,
  6. prostration,
  7. prostrative,
  8. prostyle,
  9. prosumer,
  10. prosy

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.

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

Can be confusedprone prostate prostrate supineprostate prostrate Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for prostrate


adjective (ˈprɒstreɪt)

verb (prɒˈstreɪt) (tr)

Derived Formsprostration, noun

Word Origin for prostrate

C14: from Latin prōsternere to throw to the ground, from prō- before + sternere to lay low

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Word Origin and History for prostrate
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Science definitions for prostrate


[ prŏstrāt′ ]

Growing flat along the ground. Creeping jenny, pennyroyal, and many species of ivy have a prostrate growth habit.
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