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

     

    prostrate

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//prɒˈstreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstreɪt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they prostrate
    BrE BrE//prɒˈstreɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstreɪt//
     
    he / she / it prostrates
    BrE BrE//prɒˈstreɪts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstreɪts//
     
    past simple prostrated
    BrE BrE//prɒˈstreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstreɪtɪd//
     
    past participle prostrated
    BrE BrE//prɒˈstreɪtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstreɪtɪd//
     
    -ing form prostrating
    BrE BrE//prɒˈstreɪtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈprɑːstreɪtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1prostrate yourself to lie on your front with your face looking downwards, especially as an act of worship
  2. 2[usually passive] prostrate somebody to make somebody feel weak, shocked, and unable to do anything synonym overcome He was expecting to find her prostrated by the tragedy. For months he was prostrated with grief.
  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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