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prostrate

(prŏs′trāt′)
tr.v. pros·trated, pros·trating, pros·trates
1. To put or throw flat with the face down, as in submission or adoration: "He did not simply sit and meditate, he also knelt down, sometimes even prostrated himself" (Iris Murdoch).
2. To cause to lie flat: The wind prostrated the young trees.
3. To reduce to extreme weakness or incapacitation; overcome: an illness that prostrated an entire family; a nation that was prostrated by years of civil war.
adj.
1. Lying face down, as in submission or adoration.
2. Lying flat or at full length.
3. Reduced to extreme weakness or incapacitation; overcome.
4. Botany Growing flat along the ground.

pros′tra′tor n.

prostrate

(prŏs′trāt) [Gr. pro, before, + L. sternere, stretch out]
1. Lying with the body extended, usually face down.
2. To deprive of strength or to exhaust.

prostrate

see PROCUMBENT.
References in classic literature ?
He is prostrating himself to the ground, no doubt,' thought she.
Maggie had been kept on her bed at York for a day with that prostrating headache which was likely to follow on the terrible strain of the previous day and night.
In the past, he has been photographed prostrating before Jayalalithaa at public events.
The camera captures scenes of apparently insuperable medieval ignorance and destitution: ancient, disintegrating minarets; dejected, impoverished children; turban-clad village elders prostrating themselves in daily prayers toward Mecca; and everywhere, anonymous women in burqas, their faceless, nearly shapeless forms somehow conveying timid anxiety.