Definition of prostrate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈprɒstreɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstreɪt//
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  1. 1lying on the ground and facing downwards They fell prostrate in worship. He stumbled over Luke's prostrate body. lying prostrate on the ground
  2. 2prostrate (with something) so shocked, upset, etc. that you cannot do anything She was prostrate with grief after her son's death.
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Latin prostratus ‘thrown down’, past participle of prosternere, from pro- ‘before’ + sternere ‘lay flat’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: prostrate

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