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1  —as in:
prone to
Definition having a tendency (to do something)
  • The child is prone to emotional outbursts.
prone = with a tendency
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • The country's economy is completely dependent upon petroleum and thus prone to booms and busts.
  • prone = with a tendency
  • The region is prone to drought.
  • prone = with a tendency
  • Ginny seemed very prone to knocking things over whenever Harry entered a room.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
  • prone = with a tendency
  • Dr. Reynolds said if we had been boil-prone things would have been different, but we doubted it.
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • prone = susceptible (tending to suffer from)
  • He was softer, more prone to laugh.
    Tara Westover  --  Educated
  • prone = with a tendency
  • In part because they were new technology, and in part because they were used so heavily, planes were prone to breakdowns.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • prone = with a tendency (to do something)
  • Moreover, he an exceptionally private man, not someone prone to chatting with random American professors unless there were an important reason.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • prone = with a tendency
  • Gorillas aren't chatty, like humans, prone to gossip and bad jokes.
    Katherine Applegate  --  The One and Only Ivan
  • prone = with a tendency (to do something)
  • I found this dubious, since Paolo was prone to serious injury, but as a god, I had learned never to turn down offerings.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Hidden Oracle
prone = with a tendency

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2  —as in:
prone position
Definition lying face downward
  • The victim was found prone on the floor.
prone = lying face down
Other Uses (with this meaning)
  • 80% of children who died of sudden infant death syndrome had been lying in a prone position.
  • prone = face down
  • A minute later the square was empty, only the boy remained, prone where he had fallen, quite still.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • prone = lying face downward
  • "The guns'll be real," says Russell, still prone and firing, the stock of the toy gun tight against his cheek.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Maniac Magee
  • prone = lying face downward
  • Silas lay prone on the canvas mat in his room, allowing the lash wounds on his back to clot in the air.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
  • prone = lying face downward
  • The window went up, a maid-servant's discordant voice profaned the holy calm, and a deluge of water drenched the prone martyr's remains!
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • prone = lying face downward
  • At that moment Kovac was running past, trying to avoid the divers, and his right foot came down on a prone player's sneaker—so it was told in the newspapers the next day.
    Jerry Spinelli  --  Stargirl
  • prone = lying face downward
  • Then I fell prone.
    Andy Weir  --  The Martian
  • prone = lying face downward
  • Whatever T.J.'s reply, it obviously was not what Kaleb Wallace wanted to hear, for he pulled his leg back and kicked T.J.'s swollen stomach with such force that T.J. emitted a cry of awful pain and fell prone upon the ground.
    Mildred D. Taylor  --  Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
  • prone = lying face downward
  • Lying prone on the floor, the carved, life-sized figures rested in peaceful poses.
    Dan Brown  --  The Da Vinci Code
prone = lying face downward

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