- 1Lying stretched out on the ground with one’s face downward.More example sentences
- I don't actually suffer from it in real life, but in dreams I often find myself lying prostrate and petrified on top of a building, afraid to stand up.
- Sometimes he was on my legs, other times he was stretched out prostrate across my torso.
- While strolling, I caught sight of a half-naked, deformed figure lying prostrate on the pavement.
- 1.1 [predic.] Completely overcome or helpless, especially with illness, distress, or exhaustion: his wife was prostrate with shockMore example sentences
overwhelmed, overcome, overpowered, brought to one's knees, stunned, dazed; speechless, helplessworn out, exhausted, fatigued, tired out, sapped, dog-tired, spent, drained, debilitated, enervated, laid low; war-weary• informal dead, dead beat, dead on one's feet, ready to drop, bushed, frazzled, worn to a frazzle, whacked, pooped
- So many women would have been hysterical and prostrate with grief by this stage.
- 1.2 Botany Growing along the ground.More example sentences
- In that area, natural Atriplex cover was very low, with only some prostrate plants growing on creek banks.
- The duckweeds grow in a prostrate orientation upon the surface of water and rely on the buoyant forces of their environment for support, rather than lignified structures.
- P. myriophylla is a woody subshrub that forms patches of prostrate or decumbent stems often rooting at the nodes.
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- 1 (prostrate oneself) Lay oneself flat on the ground face downward, especially in reverence or submission: she prostrated herself on the bare floor of the churchMore example sentences
throw oneself flat/down, lie down, stretch oneself out; throw oneself (at someone's feet)
- Some of the men had prostrated themselves flat on their faces, arms outstretched towards the Goddess.
- The natives who came to see them off prostrated themselves on the ground and cried in farewell.
- Another (even greater) problem was that she was unwilling to submit to her dictates or prostrate herself in abject submission.
- 2(Of distress, exhaustion, or illness) reduce (someone) to extreme physical weakness: she was prostrated by a migraine that she could scarcely get up the stairsMore example sentences
- He never doubted, and gratefully recognized, Mary's own contribution to the device of the joint monarchy, and her death on 27 December 1694 prostrated him for months.
- She quickly ran up to him in time to catch him in her arms and with horror heard the wild scream of the spirit that racked and prostrated the unhappy man.
- Drenched in sweat, they are prostrated by fatigue, ‘sucking in hot air like bellows and breathless in the suffocating heat’.
Middle English: from Latin prostratus 'thrown down', past participle of prosternere, from pro- 'before' + sternere 'lay flat'.