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English definition of “prostrate”

prostrate

adjective uk   /ˈprɒs.treɪt/ us    /ˈprɑː.streɪt/

prostrate adjective (LYING)

lying with the face down and arms stretched out, especially as a sign of respect or worship

prostrate adjective (VERY TIRED)

(also prostrated) having lost all strength or all determination because of an illness or an extremely bad experience: A woman, prostrate with grief, lay wailing on the ground.

prostrate

verb uk   /prɒsˈtreɪt/ us    /ˈprɑː.streɪt/
prostrate yourself to lie with the face down and arms stretched out, especially as a sign of respect or worship
prostration
noun [C or U] uk   /prɒsˈtreɪ.ʃən/ us    /prɑːˈstreɪ-/
(Definition of prostrate from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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