prostrate ADJECTIVE 1) lying stretched out on the ground with one's face downwards. 2) completely overcome with distress or exhaustion. 3) Botany growing along the ground.
VERB 1) (prostrate oneself) throw oneself flat on the ground in reverence or submission. 2) (be prostrated) be completely overcome with stress or exhaustion.
DERIVATIVES prostration noun.
ORIGIN Latin prosternere 'throw down' .

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  • Prostrate — Pros trate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prostrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prostrating}.] 1. To lay fiat; to throw down; to level; to fell; as, to prostrate the body; to prostrate trees or plants. Evelyn. [1913 Webster] 2. to overthrow; to demolish; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prostrate — Pros trate, a. [L. prostratus, p. p. of prosternere to prostrate; pro before, forward + sternere to spread out, throw down. See {Stratum}.] 1. Lying at length, or with the body extended on the ground or other surface; stretched out; as, to sleep… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prostrate — [adj1] flat, horizontal abject, bowed low, procumbent, prone, reclining, recumbent, supine; concept 583 Ant. erect, straight, upright, vertical prostrate [adj2] helpless beaten, defenseless, disarmed, impotent, open, overcome, overpowered,… …   New thesaurus

  • prostrate — [präs′trāt΄] adj. [ME prostrat < L prostratus, pp. of prosternere, to lay flat < pro , before + sternere, to stretch out < IE base * ster > STREW] 1. lying with the face downward in demonstration of great humility or abject submission …   English World dictionary

  • prostrate — index disable, helpless (powerless), overcome (overwhelm), overthrow, servile, subservient …   Law dictionary

  • prostrate — *prone, supine, recumbent, couchant, dormant Analogous words: flat, *level: abject (see MEAN) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prostrate — prostrates, prostrating, prostrated (The verb is pronounced [[t]prɒstre͟ɪt, AM prɑ͟ːstreɪt[/t]]u>. The adjective is pronounced [[t]prɒ̱streɪt[/t]]u>.) 1) VERB If you prostrate yourself, you lie down flat on the ground, on your front,… …   English dictionary

  • prostrate — pros|trate1 [ˈprɔstreıt US ˈpra: ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of prosternere, from sternere to spread out, throw down ] 1.) lying on your front with your face towards the ground ▪ They found him lying prostrate on… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prostrate — I. adjective Etymology: Middle English prostrat, from Anglo French, from Latin prostratus, past participle of prosternere, from pro before + sternere to spread out, throw down more at strew Date: 14th century 1. stretched out with face on the… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • prostrate — {{11}}prostrate (adj.) mid 14c., from L. prostratus, pp. of prosternere strew in front, throw down, from pro forth (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + sternere to spread out, from PIE root *stere to spread, extend, stretch out (see STRUCTURE (Cf. structure)) …   Etymology dictionary

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