verb (used with object), pros·trat·ed, pros·trat·ing.
Origin of prostrate
Synonyms for prostrate
Related Words for prostratedkneel, 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 prostrated
Prostrated with grief though she was, she consented to see me, and I was accordingly admitted to her presence.A Cabinet Secret
Prostrated, exposed, and permanently expelled from ill-gotten power, the Oligarchy will cease to exist as a political combination.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 6 (of 20)
Prostrated in spirit, I sunk down among the rocks, covering my face with my hands.The Wild Huntress
Prostrated thus, he sought relief from his affliction in the service of the continental army.
Prostrated by the discovery, the parents sat down in helpless silence.The King of Schnorrers
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.