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prostitute

noun

verb

Etymology summary

"to offer to indiscriminate sexual intercourse (usually in exchange for money),"...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Prostitution | prostitute | sex worker

the business or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment. The person who receives payment for sexual services is called a prostitute or sex worker, and the person who receives such services is known by a multitude... (42 of 11798 words, 22 images)

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Prostitute (disambiguation)

a person who engages in prostitution. Prostitute may also refer to: Prostitute (Alphaville album) | Prostitute (EP), a Neuroticfish EP | Prostitute (Toyah album) | The Prostitutes, an indie band | "Prostitute" (song), a song from the album Chinese ... (35 of 96 words, 5 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

prostitute | prostitution [noun, derived]

a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money | a man who engages in such activity, especially in homosexual practices | a person who offers his ... (25 of 493 words, 5 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Wiktionary:

prostitute | prostitutes [plural] | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle] | fille de joie [French, euphemism, idiomatic] | filles de joie [French, euphemism, idiomatic, plural] | travailleuse du sexe [French, euphemism, idiomatic] | lady of the night [idiomatic] | ladies of the night [idiomatic, plural] | ...

A woman, or other person, who performs sexual activity for payment. | A woman, or other person, who is perceived as engaging in sexual activity with many people. | A person who does, or offers to do, an activity for money, despite personal dislike or ... (43 of 199 words, 7 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

prostitute [entry 1, verb] | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle] | callet [Scottish] | cyprian [prostitute] | harlot [prostitute] | bawd [prostitute] | call girl [prostitute] | cocotte [prostitute] | ...

to offer indiscriminately for sexual intercourse especially for money | to devote to corrupt or unworthy purposes; "debase" (17 of 174 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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prostitute [entry 2, adjective] | prostituted [synonym]

devoted to corrupt purposes; "prostituted" (5 of 17 words)

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prostitute [entry 3, noun] | bawd [synonym, sense-specific] | call girl [synonym, sense-specific] | cocotte [synonym, sense-specific] | courtesan [synonym, sense-specific] | drab [synonym, sense-specific] | harlot [synonym, sense-specific] | hooker [synonym, sense-specific] | hustler [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

a woman who engages in promiscuous sexual intercourse especially for money; ... | a person (as a writer or painter) who deliberately debases his or ... (24 of 130 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example)

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Oxford Dictionary:

prostitute | sex worker | trull [archaic] | lady of the night [euphemism] | grande horizontale [humorous] | fille de joie [euphemism] | filles de joie [euphemism, plural] | prostitutor [derived]

a person, typically a woman, who engages in sexual activity for payment. | offer (someone, typically a woman) for sexual activity in exchange for ... (23 of 124 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prostitute

New World Dictionary:

prostitute | prostitututed [past tense] | prostitututing [present participle] | harlot | poule [slang] | pross [slang] | prostie [slang] | prostitutor [noun, related]

to sell the services of (oneself or another) for purposes of sexual intercourse | to sell (oneself, one's artistic or moral integrity,etc.) for low or ... (24 of 103 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/prostitute

American Heritage Dictionary:

prostitute | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle] | prostitutes [3rd-person singular present] | prostitutor [noun, related]

One who solicits and accepts payment for sex acts. | One who sells one's abilities, talent, or name for an unworthy purpose. | To offer (oneself or ... (25 of 81 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

prostitute | prostitututed [past tense] | prostitututing [present participle] | fille de joie [French] | filles de joie [French, plural] | lady of pleasure [French, plural] | lady of the evening [French, plural] | prostie [slang] | roundheels [singular, slang] | ...

a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money; whore; harlot. | a man who engages in sexual acts for money. | a person who willingly uses his or ... (27 of 76 words, 5 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

prostitute [transitive, formal, verb] | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle] | prostitutes [3rd-person singular present] | prostitute yourself

to waste a skill or ability on something that is not worth it in order to earn money | "prostitute yourself": to have sex with people for money | to ... (28 of 66 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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prostitute [countable] | prostitutes [plural]

someone who is paid to have sex with people. This word usually refers to a woman. (16 of 41 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/prostitute

Cambridge Dictionary:

prostitute [entry 1] | sex worker [polite word]

a person who has sex with someone for money (9 of 14 words, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/prostitute 1

prostitute [entry 2, formal disapproving] | prostitute yourself

to use yourself or your abilities or beliefs in a way which does not deserve respect, especially in order to get money | "prostitute yourself": ... (24 of 65 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/prostitute 2

Encarta Dictionary:

prostitute | prostitutes [plural] | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle]

somebody who is paid to provide sexual intercourse or other sex acts | somebody who uses a skill or ability in a way that is considered unworthy, ... (26 of 148 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736404​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

prostitute

First use: 1520s

Origin: "to offer to indiscriminate sexual intercourse (usually in exchange for money)," from Latin prostituere "to expose to prostitution, expose ... (20 of 131 etymology words)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

prostitute | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle] | prostitutes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Latin prōstitūta, from feminine past participle of prōstituere, to prostitute: prō-, in front; see "pro-" [entry 1] ... (17 of 27 etymology words)

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Oxford Dictionary:

prostitute

First use: mid 16th century

Origin: (as a verb): from Latin prostitut- "exposed publicly, offered for sale", from the verb prostituere, from pro- "before" + statuere "set up, place"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/prostitute

Collins Dictionary:

prostitute

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin prōstituere to expose to prostitution, from prō- in public + statuere to cause to stand

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/prostitute

New World Dictionary:

prostitute | prostitututed [past tense] | prostitututing [present participle]

Origin: Latin prostitutus, past participle of prostituere from pro-, before + statuere, to cause to stand, akin to stare, "stand"

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Wiktionary:

prostitute | prostitutes [plural] | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle]

Origin: Latin prōstitutus, past participle of prōstituō, from pro- ("for, before") + statuō ("to set up, to erect").

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Merriam-Webster:

prostitute [entry 1, verb] | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle]

First use: 1530

Origin: Latin prostitutus, past participle of prostituere, from pro- before + statuere to station, statute

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Encarta Dictionary:

prostitute | prostitutes [plural] | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle]

First use: Mid-16th century

Origin: Latin prostitut-, past participle of prostituere "expose publicly, offer for sale" from statuere "to set, place"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736404​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

prostitute | prostitutes [plural] | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "prostitute"

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Collins Dictionary:

prostitute

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "prostitute"

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

prostitute [transitive, formal, verb] | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle] | prostitutes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "prostitute"

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prostitute [countable] | prostitutes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "prostitute"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

prostitute [transitive, formal, verb] | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle] | prostitutes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prostitute"

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prostitute [countable] | prostitutes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prostitute"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

prostitute [entry 2, formal disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "prostitute"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "prostitute"

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the Free Dictionary:

prostitute

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "prostitute"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "prostitute"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "prostitute" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

prostitute | prostitutes [plural] | prostituted [past tense] | prostituting [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "prostitute"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

prostitute

Audio: North American pronunciation of "prostitute"

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YourDictionary Audio:

prostitute

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "prostitute" by speech synthesizer

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freedictionary.org:

prostitute

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