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prone

adjective uk   /prəʊn/ us    /proʊn/

prone adjective (TENDING)

be prone to sth/do sth
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C2 likely to suffer from an illness or show a particular negative characteristic: I've always been prone to headaches. He was prone to depression even as a teenager. She's prone to exaggerate, that's for sure.

prone adjective (LYING DOWN)

formal lying on the front with the face down: The photograph showed a man lying prone on the pavement, a puddle of blood about his head.
Translations of “prone”
in Spanish boca abajo, propenso a…
in French couché sur le ventre, prédisposé à…
in German auf dem Bauch, neigend…
in Chinese (Simplified) 有…倾向的…
in Chinese (Traditional) 有…傾向的…
(Definition of prone adjective from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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