prostrate
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English prostrat, from Anglo-French, from Latin prostratus, past participle of prosternere, from pro- before + sternere to spread out, throw down — more at strew Date: 14th century 1. stretched out with face on the ground in adoration or submission; also lying flat 2. completely overcome and lacking vitality, will, or power to rise <
was prostrate from the heat
>
3. trailing on the ground ; procumbent <
prostrate shrubs
>
Synonyms: see prone II. transitive verb (prostrated; prostrating) Date: 15th century 1. to throw or put into a prostrate position 2. to put (oneself) in a humble and submissive posture or state <
the whole town had to prostrate itself in official apology — Claudia Cassidy
>
3. to reduce to submission, helplessness, or exhaustion <
was prostrated with grief
>

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  • Prostrate — Pros trate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Prostrated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Prostrating}.] 1. To lay fiat; to throw down; to level; to fell; as, to prostrate the body; to prostrate trees or plants. Evelyn. [1913 Webster] 2. to overthrow; to demolish; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Prostrate — Pros trate, a. [L. prostratus, p. p. of prosternere to prostrate; pro before, forward + sternere to spread out, throw down. See {Stratum}.] 1. Lying at length, or with the body extended on the ground or other surface; stretched out; as, to sleep… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • prostrate — [adj1] flat, horizontal abject, bowed low, procumbent, prone, reclining, recumbent, supine; concept 583 Ant. erect, straight, upright, vertical prostrate [adj2] helpless beaten, defenseless, disarmed, impotent, open, overcome, overpowered,… …   New thesaurus

  • prostrate — [präs′trāt΄] adj. [ME prostrat < L prostratus, pp. of prosternere, to lay flat < pro , before + sternere, to stretch out < IE base * ster > STREW] 1. lying with the face downward in demonstration of great humility or abject submission …   English World dictionary

  • prostrate — ► ADJECTIVE 1) lying stretched out on the ground with one s face downwards. 2) completely overcome with distress or exhaustion. 3) Botany growing along the ground. ► VERB 1) (prostrate oneself) throw oneself flat on the ground in reverence or… …   English terms dictionary

  • prostrate — index disable, helpless (powerless), overcome (overwhelm), overthrow, servile, subservient …   Law dictionary

  • prostrate — *prone, supine, recumbent, couchant, dormant Analogous words: flat, *level: abject (see MEAN) …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • prostrate — prostrates, prostrating, prostrated (The verb is pronounced [[t]prɒstre͟ɪt, AM prɑ͟ːstreɪt[/t]]u>. The adjective is pronounced [[t]prɒ̱streɪt[/t]]u>.) 1) VERB If you prostrate yourself, you lie down flat on the ground, on your front,… …   English dictionary

  • prostrate — pros|trate1 [ˈprɔstreıt US ˈpra: ] adj [Date: 1300 1400; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of prosternere, from sternere to spread out, throw down ] 1.) lying on your front with your face towards the ground ▪ They found him lying prostrate on… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • prostrate — {{11}}prostrate (adj.) mid 14c., from L. prostratus, pp. of prosternere strew in front, throw down, from pro forth (see PRO (Cf. pro )) + sternere to spread out, from PIE root *stere to spread, extend, stretch out (see STRUCTURE (Cf. structure)) …   Etymology dictionary

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