Prostitute: Definition

pros·ti·tute / ˈprästəˌt(y)oōt/ • n. a person, typically a woman, who engages in sexual activity for payment. ∎ fig. a person who misuses their talents or who sacrifices their self-respect for the sake of personal or financial gain: careerist political prostitutes. • v. [tr.] offer (someone, typically a woman) for sexual activity in exchange for payment: although she was paid $15 to join a man at his table, she never prostituted herself. ∎ fig. put (oneself or one's talents) to an unworthy or corrupt use or purpose for the sake of personal or financial gain: his willingness to prostitute himself to the worst instincts of the electorate. DERIVATIVES: pros·ti·tu·tor / -ˌt(y)oōtər/ n.

"prostitute." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. 2009. (September 13, 2010).

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