Prostrate is to lie or bend down in adoration.(verb)
An example of prostrate is to bow in front of the tabernacle at church.
The definition of prostrate is lying face down or bending over in adoration.(adjective)
An example of prostrate is a person lying face down in front of a religious leader.
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Origin: ME prostrat < L prostratus, pp. of prosternere, to lay flat < pro-, before + sternere, to stretch out < IE base *ster- > strew
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transitive verb pros·trat·ed, pros·trat·ing, pros·trates
Origin: Middle English prostraten
Origin: , from prostrat, prostrate
Origin: , from Latin prōstrātus
Origin: , past participle of prōsternere, to throw down
Origin: : prō-, forward; see pro-1
Origin: + sternere, to spread, cast down; see ster-2 in Indo-European roots.
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