Definition of Prostrate

1. Verb. Get into a prostrate position, as in submission.

Exact synonyms: Bow Down
Generic synonyms: Lie, Lie Down
Derivative terms: Prostration, Prostration

2. Adjective. Stretched out and lying at full length along the ground. "Found himself lying flat on the floor"
Exact synonyms: Flat
Similar to: Unerect

3. Verb. Render helpless or defenseless. "They prostrated the enemy"
Generic synonyms: Alter, Change, Modify
Derivative terms: Prostration

4. Adjective. Lying face downward.
Exact synonyms: Prone
Similar to: Unerect

5. Verb. Throw down flat, as on the ground. "She prostrated herself with frustration"
Generic synonyms: Throw
Derivative terms: Prostration

Definition of Prostrate

1. a. Lying at length, or with the body extended on the ground or other surface; stretched out; as, to sleep prostrate.

2. v. t. To lay fiat; to throw down; to level; to fell; as, to prostrate the body; to prostrate trees or plants.

Definition of Prostrate

1. Adjective. Lying flat, facedown. ¹

2. Adjective. Emotionally devastated. ¹

3. Adjective. Physically incapacitated from environmental exposure or debilitating disease. ¹

4. Verb. (Often reflexive) To lie flat or facedown. ¹

5. Verb. To throw oneself down in submission (also figuratively). ¹

6. Verb. To cause to lie down, to flatten; (figuratively) to overcome or overpower. ¹

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Literary usage of Prostrate

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1. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1823)
"I ask'd of Time, for whom those temples rose, That prostrate by his hand in silence lie. His lips disdain'd the mystery to disclose, And, borne on swifter ..."

2. The Imperial Gazetteer of India by William Wilson Hunter (1886)
"Farther down the bank, in a small ravine called the Rawana ndfd, is found a prostrate figure 18^ feet in length, rudely carved in bold relief on four basalt ..."

3. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1843)
"That he should confide in the justice of his cause, and the diadem from bis head, in the view of both armies, fell prostrate at the feet of his conqueror. ..."

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