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

     

    prostrate

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//ˈprɒstreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstreɪt//
     
    (formal)
     
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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 Origin Middle 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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