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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ In the evenings the prostitutes would like the streets, calling out to passing men.
▪ Male prostitutes lined the street looking for customers.
▪ She didn't look like a prostitute. She wasn't even wearing any make-up.
▪ Female prostitutes also can infect their unborn babies.
▪ Twelve percent of women's Oscars have gone to actresses playing prostitutes, with or without hearts of gold.
▪ Friends from the theater criticized him for prostituting his talent in movies.
▪ But health policy is often prostituted to the demands of industry and commerce.
▪ He does not prostitute his talents.
▪ They'd imagine me prostituting myself, or on the hard stuff.
▪ Yes, I have prostituted myself for the sake of art.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Prostitute \Pros"ti*tute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prostituted; p. pr. & vb. n. Prostituting.] [L. prostitutus, p. p. of prostituere to prostitute; pro before, forth + statuere to put, place. See Statute.]

  1. To offer, as a woman, to a lewd use; to give up to lewdness for hire. ``Do not prostitute thy daughter.''
    --Lev. xix. 29.

  2. To devote to base or unworthy purposes; to give up to low or indiscriminate use; as, to prostitute talents; to prostitute official powers.


Prostitute \Pros"ti*tute\, a. [L. prostitutus, p. p.] Openly given up to lewdness; devoted to base or infamous purposes.

Made bold by want, and prostitute for bread.


Prostitute \Pros"ti*tute\, n. [L. prostituta.]

  1. A woman giver to indiscriminate lewdness; a strumpet; a harlot.

  2. A base hireling; a mercenary; one who offers himself to infamous employments for hire.

    No hireling she, no prostitute to praise.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s, "to offer to indiscriminate sexual intercourse (usually in exchange for money)," from Latin prostitutus, past participle of prostituere "to expose to prostitution, expose publicly," from pro- "before" (see pro-) + statuere "cause to stand, establish," from PIE root *sta- "to stand," with derivatives meaning "place or thing that is standing" (see stet). Related: Prostituted; prostituting.\n

\nThe notion of "sex for hire" is not inherent in the etymology, which rather suggests one "exposed to lust" or sex "indiscriminately offered." However, this is now almost the official European term for the institution: German prostituierte, Russian prostitutka, etc. Figurative sense (of abilities, etc.) is from 1570s. Of men, in reference to homosexual acts, from 1886 (in form prostitution); phrase male prostitute attested by 1948.


"harlot, woman who offers her body indiscriminately" (usually for money)," 1610s, from Latin prostituta "prostitute," fem. of prostitutus, past participle of prostituere (see prostitute (v.)).


n. 1 A person who performs sexual activity for payment, especially a woman 2 A person who is perceived as engaging in sexual activity with many people. 3 A person who does, or offers to do, an activity for money, despite personal dislike or dishonour. vb. 1 (context transitive usually reflexively English) To perform sexual activity for money 2 (context transitive English) To make another person, or organisation, prostitute themselves. 3 (context transitive derogatory English) To use one's talents in return for money or fame 4 (context figuratively English) To exploit for base purposes; to whore.

  1. n. a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money [syn: cocotte, whore, harlot, bawd, tart, cyprian, fancy woman, working girl, sporting lady, lady of pleasure, woman of the street]

  2. v. sell one's body; exchange sex for money

Prostitute (Alphaville album)

Prostitute is the fourth studio album by the synthpop band Alphaville.

Prostitute (disambiguation)

A prostitute is a person who engages in prostitution (human sexual behavior in exchange for money). The term may also refer to:

  • Prostitute (Alphaville album)
  • Prostitute (EP), a Neuroticfish EP
  • Prostitute (Toyah album)
  • "Prostitute" (song), a song from the album Chinese Democracy
  • The Prostitutes, an indie band
Prostitute (film)

Prostitute is a 1980 British film, the directorial debut of Tony Garnett who also wrote and produced the film. Colour, 97 minutes. Cert 18.

The film tells the story of Sandra ( Eleanor Forsythe), 'an ambitious working girl who moves to London.'

Prostitute (Toyah album)

Prostitute is Toyah Willcox's 1988 album. It is a concept album and highly experimental in nature, marking a considerable divergence from previous works. It is uncompromising in its style, and is presented as a continuous piece of music, although the notes in the CD version indicate " enable the listener to access a particular title a time-code programme has been provided". To accommodate the two-sided format of the LP and cassette releases, side one--subtitled "Lie Down"--contains the first seven titles, and side two--subtitled "And Think of England"--contains the rest of the album. No singles were drawn from the album.

The album was reissued on Toyah's own record label, Vertical Species, in 2003, together with its follow up album, Ophelia's Shadow. In the extensive sleeve notes she provided for the reissue, Willcox explains the gestation of the album, particularly the scrutiny her recent marriage to Robert Fripp was under in the press, and the feeling that by the release of Desire, she had become, in her own words, "staid and predictable".

Prostitute (song)

"Prostitute" is the fourteenth and final track from Chinese Democracy, Guns N' Roses' sixth studio album released in 2008. The song dates back to at least 1999, as it was mentioned in a July issue of Spin Magazine; "Rose is laboring over a song with the working title 'Prostitute', according to Youth, but past successes weigh heavily on him..." The song is written by Axl Rose and Paul Tobias with additional work by Robin Finck.

The song had originally only been played twice, one time in Osaka and another in Tokyo, during Guns N' Roses 2009–2011 World Tour. The song still remained in the band's setlist and was recently played in 2014 at a show in Las Vegas

Actor Nicolas Cage declared he is fan of the band and described "Prostitute" as an 'incredible' song.

This track is available as a downloadable song for the Rock Band series.

Usage examples of "prostitute".

Within the space of minutes, she glimpsed beggars, peasant labourers, tradesmen and shopkeepers, market women and grisettes, students, liveried servants and footmen, assorted soberly clad bourgeois, sailors, uniformed gendarmes, Royal Guardsmen and shabbily bedizened females who could only have been prostitutes, mingling freely in the streets.

He was talking with a woman, probably a prostitute, outside the Beehive pub on Fairclough Street, which intersected Berner at the first corner.

It became the honorable appellation of the sons of Severus, was bestowed on young Diadumenianus, and at length prostituted to the infamy of the high priest of Emesa.

He swore every oath imaginable at her, insolently ordering her to be off with her child, and find lodgings with the villain to whom she had prostituted herself, or else he would soon pitch her and her little bratling into the Thames.

Every so often these babies appeared, and they always met with tragic ends: they killed themselves, they ran off and became circus performers, they were seen years later in Bursa, begging or prostituting themselves.

From that point of view, Henrietta offered him nothing: it was no challenge to control her, she had nothing worth exploiting her for, and there was no satisfaction in 462 KEN FOLLETT humiliating someone as low down on the scale as a prostitute.

The other case was quite peculiar, the woman being a prostitute, who menstruated from time to time through spots, the size of a five-franc piece, developing on the breasts, buttocks, back, axilla, and epigastrium.

She begins the play as a prostitute, but that is only the first of several performative levels that she must play.

SEVENTEEN Handsome and high-minded Henry Rackham, who once upon a time seemed destined to become the Rackham of Rackham Perfumeries, and now is merely the brother of that eminent man, stands alone in a turd-strewn street, his rain-dappled topcoat steaming faintly in the afternoon sun, waiting for a prostitute.

The consequences of this maxim would have prostituted the privileges of the Roman city to a mean and promiscuous multitude.

As magistrates and senators they were admitted into the great council, which had once dictated laws to the earth, whose authority was so often prostituted to the vilest purposes of tyranny.

But this form was degraded by the facility with which it was exposed to the public eye, and prostituted to licentious desire.

A ladder had been planted for the assault, but it was furiously shaken by a crowd of zealots and women: they beheld, with pious transport, the ministers of sacrilege tumbling from on high and dashed against the pavement: and the honors of the ancient martyrs were prostituted to these criminals, who justly suffered for murder and rebellion.

The most lofty titles, and the most humble postures, which devotion has applied to the Supreme Being, have been prostituted by flattery and fear to creatures of the same nature with ourselves.

The medical report indicated that she was dead for less than twenty-four hours, and fingerprints identified her as Marylou Rennet, 27, a prostitute with a record of numerous arrests.