• (RP) IPA: /ˈpɹɒstɹeɪt/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɹɑstɹeɪt/

prostrate (not comparable)

  1. Lying flat, face-down.
    Synonyms: prone
    Antonyms: supine
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 9”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker […] [a]nd by Robert Boulter […] [a]nd Matthias Walker, […], OCLC 228722708 ↗; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554 ↗:
      Prostrate fall / Before him reverent, and there confess / Humbly our faults.
    • 1945, Sir Winston Churchill, VE Day speech from House of Commons:
      Finally almost the whole world was combined against the evil-doers, who are now prostrate before us.
  2. (figuratively) Emotionally devastated.
  3. Physically incapacitated from environmental exposure or debilitating disease.
    He was prostrate from the extreme heat.
  4. (botany) Trailing on the ground; procumbent.
  • Russian: распростёртый
  • Spanish: postrado, acostado boca abajo

prostrate (prostrates, present participle prostrating; past and past participle prostrated)

  1. (often, reflexive) To lie flat or face-down.
  2. (also, figurative) To throw oneself down in submission.
  3. To cause to lie down, to flatten.
  4. (figuratively) To overcome or overpower.
    • 1936, Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind
      Why this very minute she's prostrated with grief.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: prostrar-se
  • Russian: па́дать ниц
  • Portuguese: prostrar
  • Russian: поверга́ть ниц

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