prostrate

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin prostratus, past participle of prosternere (to prostrate).

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Adjective[edit]

prostrate (not comparable)

  1. Lying flat, facedown.
  2. Emotionally devastated.
    I told him you was prostrate with grief. — Mammy to Scarlett, Gone With the Wind.
  3. Physically incapacitated from environmental exposure or debilitating disease.
    He was prostrate from the extreme heat.
  4. (botany) Trailing on the ground; procumbent.

Antonyms[edit]

  • (lying flat, facedown): supine

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Verb[edit]

prostrate (third-person singular simple present prostrates, present participle prostrating, simple past and past participle prostrated)

  1. ​(Often reflexive) To lie flat or facedown.
  2. To throw oneself down in submission (also figuratively).
  3. To cause to lie down, to flatten; (figuratively) to overcome or overpower.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Prostrate and prostate are often confused, in spelling if not in meaning.

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

prostrate

  1. second-person plural present indicative of prostrare
  2. second-person plural imperative of prostrare
  3. feminine plural of prostrato

Latin[edit]

Participle[edit]

prōstrāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of prōstrātus