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proneadjective

 us   /proʊn/
  • prone adjective (LIKELY)

likely to do, get, or ​suffer from something: As a ​child, he was prone to ​ear infections. Carol’s ​kind of ​accident-prone (= ​seems to have a lot of ​accidents).
  • prone adjective (LYING DOWN)

[not gradable] lying on ​yourchest, with ​yourfacelooking down: The ​injuredplayer was ​lifted into a ​cart and ​driven off the ​field in a prone ​position.
(Definition of prone from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)







"prone" in British English

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proneadjective

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 ​particularnegativecharacteristic: I've always been prone to ​headaches. He was prone to ​depressioneven as a ​teenager. She's prone to ​exaggerate, that's for ​sure.

-pronesuffix

uk   / -prəʊn/  us   / -proʊn/
(Definition of prone from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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