verb (used with object), pros·trat·ed, pros·trat·ing.
Origin of prostrate
Examples from the Web for prostrate
Prostrate and helpless under the paw of the lion is a monkey with the face of Grady.The History of the Nineteenth Century in Caricature|Arthur Bartlett Maurice
Prostrate before the King, he seemingly lived but for his smile.Told on the Pagoda|Mimosa
Prostrate between two rocks lying across the path, her wild flight came to an end.The Gilded Man|Clifford Smyth
Prostrate upon my knees I daily prayed for deliverance; but my prayers were not heard.Letters from Spain|Joseph Blanco White
Prostrate she lay on the bodies of an old man and old woman, who had been put to death without mercy by the miscreants.Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)|James S. De Benneville
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.