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



    BrE BrE//prəʊn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//proʊn//
    Position and movement
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  1. 1likely to suffer from something or to do something bad synonym liable prone to something prone to injury Working without a break makes you more prone to error. prone to do something Tired drivers were found to be particularly prone to ignore warning signs.
  2. 2-prone (in adjectives) likely to suffer or do the thing mentioned error-prone injury-prone see also accident-prone
  3. 3(formal) lying flat with the front of your body touching the ground synonym prostrate The victim lay prone without moving. He was found lying in a prone position. compare supine See related entries: Position and movement
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin pronus ‘leaning forward’, from pro ‘forwards’.Extra examples Sun removes the oil and wax, leaving the leather prone to cracking. The M40 through Oxfordshire is notoriously prone to fog. people who are genetically prone to putting on weight
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