- to cast (oneself) face down on the ground in humility, submission, or adoration.
- to lay flat, as on the ground.
- to throw down level with the ground.
- to overthrow, overcome, or reduce to helplessness.
- to reduce to physical weakness or exhaustion.
- lying flat or at full length, as on the ground.
- lying face down on the ground, as in token of humility, submission, or adoration.
- overthrown, overcome, or helpless: a country left prostrate by natural disasters.
- physically weak or exhausted.
- utterly dejected or depressed; disconsolate.
- Botany. (of a plant or stem) lying flat on the ground.
Origin of prostrate
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Examples from the Web for 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
- lying with the face downwards, as in submission
- exhausted physically or emotionally
- helpless or defenceless
- (of a plant) growing closely along the ground
- to bow or cast (oneself) down, as in submission
- to lay or throw down flat, as on the ground
- to make helpless or defenceless
- to make exhausted
Word Origin and History for prostrated
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.
- Growing flat along the ground. Creeping jenny, pennyroyal, and many species of ivy have a prostrate growth habit.