Prostrate Definition

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To throw or put in a prostrate position; lay flat on the ground.
Webster's New World
To cause to lie flat.
The wind prostrated the young trees.
American Heritage
To lay low; overcome; exhaust or subjugate.
Webster's New World

(Often reflexive) To lie flat or facedown.

To throw oneself down in submission (also figuratively).
Lying with the face downward in demonstration of great humility or abject submission.
Webster's New World
Lying flat, prone, or supine.
Webster's New World
Thrown or fallen to the ground.
Webster's New World
In a state of physical exhaustion or weakness.
Webster's New World
Laid low; completely overcome; helpless.
Prostrate with grief.
Webster's New World

Origin of Prostrate

  • Middle English prostraten from prostrat prostrate from Latin prōstrātus past participle of prōsternere to throw down prō- forward pro–1 sternere to spread, cast down ster-2 in Indo-European roots

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

  • Latin prostratus, past participle of prosternere (“to prostrate").

    From Wiktionary

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