What does prostrate mean?

Definitions for prostrateˈprɒs treɪt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word prostrate.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flat, prostrate(adj)

    stretched out and lying at full length along the ground

    "found himself lying flat on the floor"

  2. prone, prostrate(verb)

    lying face downward

  3. prostrate, bow down(verb)

    get into a prostrate position, as in submission

  4. prostrate(verb)

    render helpless or defenseless

    "They prostrated the enemy"

  5. prostrate(verb)

    throw down flat, as on the ground

    "She prostrated herself with frustration"


  1. prostrate(Verb)

    (Often reflexive) To lie flat or facedown; to throw oneself down in submission (also figuratively).

  2. prostrate(Verb)

    To cause to lie down, to flatten; (figuratively) to overcome or overpower.

  3. prostrate(Adjective)

    Lying flat, facedown.

  4. prostrate(Adjective)

    Emotionally devastated.

    I told him you was prostrate with grief. u2014 Mammy to Scarlett, Gone With the Wind.

  5. prostrate(Adjective)

    Physically incapacitated from environmental exposure or debilitating disease.

    He was prostrate from the extreme heat.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prostrate(adj)

    lying at length, or with the body extended on the ground or other surface; stretched out; as, to sleep prostrate

  2. Prostrate(adj)

    lying at mercy, as a supplicant

  3. Prostrate(adj)

    lying in a humble, lowly, or suppliant posture

  4. Prostrate(adj)

    trailing on the ground; procumbent

  5. Prostrate(verb)

    to lay fiat; to throw down; to level; to fell; as, to prostrate the body; to prostrate trees or plants

  6. Prostrate(verb)

    to overthrow; to demolish; to destroy; to deprive of efficiency; to ruin; as, to prostrate a village; to prostrate a government; to prostrate law or justice

  7. Prostrate(verb)

    to throw down, or cause to fall in humility or adoration; to cause to bow in humble reverence; used reflexively; as, he prostrated himself

  8. Prostrate(verb)

    to cause to sink totally; to deprive of strength; to reduce; as, a person prostrated by fever

  9. Origin: [L. prostratus, p. p. of prosternere to prostrate; pro before, forward + sternere to spread out, throw down. See Stratum.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Prostrate

    pros′trāt, adj. thrown forwards on the ground: lying at length: lying at mercy: bent in adoration.—v.t. to throw forwards on the ground: to lay flat: to overthrow: to sink totally: to bow in humble reverence.—n. Prostrā′tion, act of throwing down or laying flat: act of falling down in adoration: dejection: complete loss of strength. [L. pro, forwards, sternĕre, stratum, to strew.]


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prostrate in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prostrate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Donald McEachin:

    So the question becomes, 'Why is this young man prostrate on a Charlottesville sidewalk beaten like a dog?'.

  2. Bharavi:

    As drops of bitter medicine, though minute, may have a salutary force, so words, though few and painful, uttered seasonably, may rouse the prostrate energies of those who meet misfortune with despondency.

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