prostrate

  • 1 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

  • 2 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

  • 3 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,… …

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  • 4 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

  • 5 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… …

    English terms dictionary

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

    Law dictionary

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

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 8 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

  • 9 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

  • 10 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

  • 11 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

  • 12 prostrate — 1. adjective 1) the prostrate figure on the ground Syn: prone, lying flat, lying down, stretched out, spread eagled, sprawling, horizontal, recumbent; rare procumbent Ant: upright 2) his wife was prostrate with shock …

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  • 13 prostrate — I UK [ˈprɒstreɪt] / US [ˈprɑˌstreɪt] adjective formal 1) a) lying with your body completely flat, for example because you are ill or tired b) lying flat on the ground with your face downwards as a sign of respect or worship 2) extremely tired or… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 prostrate — 1. adjective /ˈpɹɒstɹeɪt,ˈpɹɑːstɹeɪt/ a) Lying flat, facedown. Finally almost the whole world was combined against the evil doers, who are now prostrate before us. b) Emotionally devastated. I told him you was prostrate with grief. Mammy to… …

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  • 15 prostrate — pros·trate präs .trāt adj completely overcome <was prostrate from the heat> prostrate vt, pros·trat·ed; pros·trat·ing to put into a state of extreme bodily exhaustion <prostrated by fever> …

    Medical dictionary

  • 16 prostrate — adj. VERBS ▪ be, lie ▪ He was lying prostrate on the ground. ▪ fall ▪ They fell prostrate before the king …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 17 prostrate — v. (D; refl.) to prostrate oneself before * * * [ prɒstreɪt] (D;refl.) to prostrate oneself before …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 18 prostrate — pros|trate1 [ pra,streıt ] adjective FORMAL 1. ) lying with your body completely flat, for example because you are sick or tired a ) lying flat on the ground with your face downward as a sign of respect or worship 2. ) extremely tired or upset… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 prostrate — 1 adjective 1 lying on your front with your face towards the ground, for example because you are injured, or are praising God compare prone (2) 2 so shocked, upset etc that you can no longer do anything (+ with): Judy was prostrate with grief… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 prostrate — prostate, prostrate The prostate (or prostate gland) is a gland surrounding the neck of the bladder in male animals. Prostrate is an adjective and verb: the adjective is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable and means ‘lying… …

    Modern English usage