Prostitute Definition

prŏstĭ-to͝ot, -tyo͝ot
prostituted, prostitutes, prostituting
noun
prostitutes
A woman who engages in promiscuous sexual activity for pay; whore; harlot.
Webster's New World
A man who engages in such activity, esp. homosexual acts, for pay.
Webster's New World
A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.
American Heritage
A person, as a writer, artist, etc., who sells his or her services for low or unworthy purposes.
Webster's New World
verb
prostituted, prostitutes, prostituting
To sell the services of (oneself or another) for purposes of sexual intercourse.
Webster's New World
To sell (oneself, one's artistic or moral integrity, etc.) for low or unworthy purposes.
Webster's New World
(usually reflexively) To perform sexual activity for money.
Wiktionary

(derogatory) To use one's talents in return for money or fame.

Wiktionary

(figuratively) To exploit for base purposes; to whore.

Yet again a commercial firm had prostituted a traditional song by setting an advertising jingle to its tune.
Wiktionary
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adjective
Given over to base purposes; debased; corrupt.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
meretricious

Other Word Forms of Prostitute

Noun

Singular:
prostitute
Plural:
prostitutes

Origin of Prostitute

  • Latin prōstitūta from feminine past participle of prōstituere to prostitute prō- in front pro–1 statuere to cause to stand stā- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin prōstitutus, past participle of prōstituō, from pro- (“for, before") +"Ž statuō (“to set up, to erect").

    From Wiktionary

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