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Pronunciation

Adjective

prostrate (not comparable)

Positive
prostrate

Comparative
not comparable

Superlative
none (absolute)

  1. Lying flat, facedown.
    The prisoners were prostrate on the ground.

Translations

Verb

Infinitive
to prostrate

Third person singular
prostrat

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
ing

to prostrate (third-person singular simple present prostrat, present participle ing, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To lay flat or facedown, prone; flatten (often reflexive).
    1945 Finally almost the whole world was combined against the evil-doers, who are now prostrate before us. — Winston Churchill, VE Day speech from House of Commons, May 8, 1945
  2. To be emotionally devastated.
    I told him you was prostrate with grief. — Mammy to Scarlett, Gone With the Wind.
  3. To become physically incapacitated from environmental exposure or debilitating disease.
    He was prostrate from the extreme heat.

Usage notes

Prostrate and prostate are often confused, in spelling if not in meaning.

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Italian

Verb

prostrate

  1. Second-person plural present tense of prostrare.
  2. Second-person plural imperative of prostrare.
  3. Feminine plural of prostrato.

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