Definition of


  1. (verb, motion) get into a prostrate position, as in submission
  2. (verb, change) render helpless or defenseless
  3. (verb, contact) throw down flat, as on the ground
  4. (adj, all) stretched out and lying at full length along the ground
  5. (adj, all) lying face downward

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Synonyms of Prostrate

bow down, flat, prone

Alternate forms of Prostrate

Derivations: prostration

Hypernyms: alter, change, lie, lie down, modify, throw

Origin of the word Prostrate

  1. c.1380, from L. prostratus, pp. of prosternere "strew in front, throw down," from pro- "forth" + sternere "to spread out," from PIE base *stere- "to spread, extend, stretch out" (see structure). The verb is attested from c.1400, from the adj. Prostration "action of prostrating oneself" is from 1526; meaning "weakness, exhaustion, deject… more

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