1. (Often reflexive) To lie flat or facedown.
  2. To throw oneself down in submission (also figuratively).
  3. To cause to lie down, to flatten; (figuratively) to overcome or overpower.


  1. Lying flat, facedown.
  2. Emotionally devastated.
    I told him you was prostrate with grief. — Mammy to Scarlett, Gone With the Wind.
  3. Physically incapacitated from environmental exposure or debilitating disease.
    He was prostrate from the extreme heat.
  4. Trailing on the ground; procumbent.

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