V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: (adj.) 1. lying down, often on one's face, either out of respect and submissiveness; 2. lying down in a horizontal position due to illness or lack of energy; 3. physically exhausted or emotionally overwhelmed; (v.) 1. to lie down or throw oneself on the ground, especially in a worshipful manner; 2. to exhaust, either physically or emotionally
Synonyms: (adj.) prone, flat, reclining, exhausted, spent, overwhelmed, (v.) grovel, bow, lay, exhaust, overcome
Antonyms: (adj.) upright, standing
Tips: Prostrate is a more sophisticated way of describing someone who is laying down, often on the ground. When someone is prostrate, the person can be submissive and paying respect to someone, or they can be ill and without energy. For a memory trick, note how prostrate sounds and looks like "poor prostate." Now, imagine a man who has an inflamed prostate and is in pain. He may lay prostrated on the ground and say, "Oh, my poor prostate is killing me; I need some rest, so I am going lie here prostrate."
After a long day of yard work, he was prostrate on the couch for several hours. (lying down, flat) adjective
My sick grandma was prostrate in her hospital bed. (lying down, reclining) adjective
When the emperor walked in, all of his servants fell down to the ground prostrate. (lying face down) adjective
After my prostate surgery, I had to be prostrate in my hospital bed for several days. (lying down) adjective
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