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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: , past participle of prosternere, from sternere 'to spread out, throw down'

prostrate

1 adjective
     
pros‧trate1
1 lying on your front with your face towards the ground:
They found him lying prostrate on the floor.
2 too shocked, upset, weak etc to be able to do anything
prostrate with
Julie was prostrate with grief after her father's death.
prostration noun [uncountable and countable]

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