KJV Dictionary Definition: prostitute


PROS'TITUTE, v.t. L.prostituo; pro and statuo, to set.

1. To offer freely to a lewd use, or to indiscriminate lewdness.

Do not prostitute thy daughter. Lev.19.

2. To give up to any vile or infamous purpose; to devote to any thing base; to sell to wickedness; as, to prostitute talents to the propagation of infidel principles, to prostitute the press to the publication of blasphemy.

3. To offer or expose upon vile terms or to unworthy persons.

PROS'TITUTE, a. Openly devoted to lewdness; sold to wickedness or to infamous purposes.

Made bold by want and prostitute for bread.

PROS'TITUTE, n. A female given to indiscriminate lewdness; a strumpet.

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

No hireling she, no prostitute to praise.


PROS'TITUTED, pp. Offered to common lewdness; devoted to base purposes.


PROS'TITUTING, ppr. Offering to indiscriminate lewdness; devoting to infamous uses.


PROSTITU'TION, n. L. prostituo.

1. The act or practice of offering the body to an indiscriminate intercourse with men; common lewdness of a female.

2. The act of setting one's self to sale, or offering one's self to infamous employments; as the prostitution of talents or abilities.