Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who solicits and accepts payment for sex acts.
  • n. One who sells one's abilities, talent, or name for an unworthy purpose.
  • transitive v. To offer (oneself or another) for sexual hire.
  • transitive v. To sell (oneself or one's talent, for example) for an unworthy purpose.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A woman, or other person, who performs sexual activity for payment.
  • n. A woman, or other person, who is perceived as engaging in sexual activity with many people.
  • n. A person who does, or offers to do, an activity for money, despite personal dislike or dishonour.
  • v. To perform sexual activity for money
  • v. To make another person, or organisation, prostitute themselves.
  • v. To use one's talents in return for money or fame
  • v. To exploit for base purposes; to whore.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Openly given up to lewdness; devoted to base or infamous purposes.
  • n. A woman giver to indiscriminate lewdness; a strumpet; a harlot.
  • n. A base hireling; a mercenary; one who offers himself to infamous employments for hire.
  • transitive v. To offer, as a woman, to a lewd use; to give up to lewdness for hire.
  • transitive v. To devote to base or unworthy purposes; to give up to low or indiscriminate use

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To offer to a lewd use, or to indiscriminate lewdness, for hire.
  • To surrender to any vile or infamous purpose; devote to anything base; sell or hire to the service of wickedness.
  • Openly devoted to lewdness for gain.
  • Sold for base or infamous purposes; infamous; mercenary; base.
  • n. A woman given to indiscriminate lewdness for gain; a strumpet; a harlot. In criminal law it has been held that the element of gain is not essential or may be presumed.
  • n. A base hireling; a mercenary; one who engages in infamous employments for hire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. sell one's body; exchange sex for money
  • n. a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money

Etymologies

Latin prōstitūta, from feminine past participle of prōstituere, to prostitute : prō-, in front; see pro- + statuere, to cause to stand
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin prōstitutus, past participle of prōstituō, from pro- (“for, before”) +‎ statuō (“to set up, to erect”). (Wiktionary)

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