Definition of prostitute in English:


Line breaks: pros¦ti|tute
Pronunciation: /ˈprɒstɪtjuːt



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  • 1Offer (someone, typically a woman) for sexual activity in exchange for payment: although she was paid £15 to join a man at his table, she never prostituted herself
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    • The local bartender runs a brothel, prostituting his own wife for kicks.
    • He prostituted his wife and forced his children to beg to support his drug habit.
    • He also describes him as a cruel and wicked leader who prostituted his daughter when he ran short of money.
  • 1.1Put (oneself or one’s talents) to an unworthy or corrupt use for personal or financial gain: his willingness to prostitute himself to the worst instincts of the electorate
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    • The wilderness towns gaily prostitute themselves to such people.
    • The day-to-day experiences of persons who are prostituting themselves are equally bleak.
    • If she does, it will not be because she has prostituted her talents like most modern female ‘pop stars’.
    betray, sacrifice, profane, sell, sell out, debase, degrade, demean, devalue, cheapen, lower, misapply, misemploy, misuse, pervert, squander, waste; abandon one's principles, be untrue to oneself





mid 16th century (as a verb): from Latin prostitut- 'exposed publicly, offered for sale', from the verb prostituere, from pro- 'before' + statuere 'set up, place'.

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