pros·ti·tute /ˈprɑstəˌtut, ˌtjut/
Pros·ti·tute v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prostituted p. pr. & vb. n. Prostituting.]
1. To offer, as a woman, to a lewd use; to give up to lewdness for hire. “Do not prostitute thy daughter.”
2. To devote to base or unworthy purposes; to give up to low or indiscriminate use; as, to prostitute talents; to prostitute official powers.
Pros·ti·tute, a. Openly given up to lewdness; devoted to base or infamous purposes.
Made bold by want, and prostitute for bread. --Prior
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. --Pope.
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]
v : sell one's body; exchange sex for money