Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person who engages in prostitution.
  • noun A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.
  • transitive verb To offer (oneself or another) for sexual activity in exchange for money.
  • transitive verb To devote (oneself or one's talent, for example) to an unworthy purpose, especially for personal gain.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A base hireling; a mercenary; one who engages in infamous employments for hire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb sell one's body; exchange sex for money
  • noun a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money

Etymologies

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

[Latin prōstitūta, from feminine past participle of prōstituere, to prostitute : prō-, in front; see pro– + statuere, to cause to stand; see stā- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin prōstitutus, past participle of prōstituō, from pro- (“for, before”) +‎ statuō (“to set up, to erect”).

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