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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of prostituere 'to show publicly, offer for sale'

prostitute

2 verb
     
prostitute2
1 [transitive] if someone prostitutes a skill, ability, important principle etc, they use it in a way that does not show its true value, usually to earn money:
Friends from the theater criticized him for prostituting his talent in the movies.
2

prostitute yourself

to work as a prostitute

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