Definition of prostitute verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    prostitute

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    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒstɪtjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstətuːt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prostitute
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒstɪtjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstətuːt//
     
    he / she / it prostitutes
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒstɪtjuːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstətuːts//
     
    past simple prostituted
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒstɪtjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstətuːtɪd//
     
    past participle prostituted
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒstɪtjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstətuːtɪd//
     
    -ing form prostituting
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒstɪtjuːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstətuːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1prostitute something/yourself to use your skills, abilities, etc. to do something that earns you money but that other people do not respect because you are capable of doing something better Many felt he was prostituting his talents by writing Hollywood scripts.
  2. 2prostitute yourself to work as a prostitute
  3. Word Origin mid 16th cent. (as a verb): from Latin prostitut- ‘exposed publicly, offered for sale’, from the verb prostituere, from pro- ‘before’ + statuere ‘set up, place’.
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