Definition of prostitution in US English:

prostitution

noun

  • 1The practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment.

    • ‘Well I don't think that the Health Department supports street prostitution in residential areas at all.’
    • ‘Street prostitution has increased in some areas as more and more younger kids are getting into it.’
    • ‘However, the impact of street prostitution on trade is a key issue which the police are aware of.’
    • ‘The incidence of prostitution and sexual assault of women has soared.’
    • ‘Some of its past efforts to clamp down on street prostitution have had bizarre consequences.’
    • ‘People say that prostitution is the oldest profession and that I am not facing reality.’
    • ‘For boys, they mostly end up as criminals while girls indulge in prostitution.’
    • ‘Locals contend that prostitution and crime are soaring as people find no other way to stay afloat.’
    • ‘Much discussion of prostitution is conducted on the premise that it is possible to eradicate it.’
    • ‘Just so we're clear about this, the bill decriminalised prostitution.’
    • ‘Pressing a person into prostitution or a sexual act will carry a prison sentence of up to three years.’
    • ‘Another said prostitution should be legal because people won't always do what they are told.’
    • ‘Their remaining options were sleeping on the streets, prostitution, crime and starvation.’
    • ‘He believes that parliament should license prostitution in a more formal way.’
    • ‘Legalising street prostitution will never happen in this country.’
    • ‘He practiced male prostitution, soliciting three to four customers on a weekend.’
    • ‘We are not on a moral crusade against prostitution, just street prostitution.’
    • ‘Many women are driven into street prostitution by poverty and drug addiction.’
    • ‘The government here should be pressured to decriminalize prostitution.’
    • ‘Since she is all for legalizing prostitution, I think she sees me as her enemy.’
    whoring, the sex industry, streetwalking, mrs warren's profession, white slavery, sex tourism
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    1. 1.1 The unworthy or corrupt use of one's talents for the sake of personal or financial gain.

Pronunciation

prostitution

/ˌprästəˈt(y)o͞oSH(ə)n//ˌprɑstəˈt(j)uʃ(ə)n/