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See also: prostate
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɒstɹeɪt/
Audio (UK) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɹɑstɹeɪt/
- Hyphenation: pros‧trate
prostrate (not comparable)
- Lying flat, face-down.
- 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
- Prostrate fall / Before him reverent, and there confess / Humbly our faults.
- 1945, Sir Winston Churchill, VE Day speech from House of Commons:
- Finally almost the whole world was combined against the evil-doers, who are now prostrate before us.
- (figurative) Emotionally devastated.
- Physically incapacitated from environmental exposure or debilitating disease.
- He was prostrate from the extreme heat.
- (botany) Trailing on the ground; procumbent.
lying flat, facedown
- (often reflexive) To lie flat or face-down.
- (also figurative) To throw oneself down in submission.
- To cause to lie down, to flatten.
- (figurative) To overcome or overpower.
- Prostrate and prostate are often confused, in spelling if not in meaning.
to lie flat or face-down
to throw oneself down in submission
to cause to lie down