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[suhp-li-keyt] /ˈsʌp lɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used without object), supplicated, supplicating.
to pray humbly; make humble and earnest entreaty or petition.
verb (used with object), supplicated, supplicating.
to pray humbly to; entreat or petition humbly.
to seek or ask for by humble entreaty.
Origin of supplicate
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Latin supplicātus (past participle of supplicāre to kneel), equivalent to supplic-, stem of supplex submissive, suppliant (see supple) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
supplicatingly, adverb
[suhp-li-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈsʌp lɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/ (Show IPA),
nonsupplicating, adjective
presupplicate, verb (used with object), presupplicated, presupplicating.
unsupplicated, adjective
unsupplicating, adjective
unsupplicatingly, adverb
2. implore, crave, solicit, beseech.
Synonym Study
2. See appeal. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for supplicate
Historical Examples
  • If she be not a mother, you will supplicate her to speak of her potential children.

    City of Endless Night Milo Hastings
  • Congress could only supplicate the States for money and borrow what it might on its expectations.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • "Your mercy; I supplicate it," she cried in an agonised voice.

    The False Chevalier William Douw Lighthall
  • Speedily all pour glad libation on the board, and supplicate the gods.

  • Andrea might writhe and supplicate and despair as he would—in vain.

    The Child of Pleasure Gabriele D'Annunzio
  • But not from Danish nor from Swedish kings will I supplicate that which is mine by right.

    Historic Boys

    Elbridge Streeter Brooks
  • And thus did Aristobulus, and the rest with him, supplicate Petronius.

    The Antiquities of the Jews Flavius Josephus
  • He would have no resource but to supplicate for mercy like a detected malefactor.

  • Would you like me to supplicate you not to fight for that creature?

    Cosmopolis, Complete Paul Bourget
  • And he strove to bend his head on my hand, as though to supplicate my assistance for them.

    Confessions of a Thug Philip Meadows Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for supplicate


to make a humble request to (someone); plead
(transitive) to ask for or seek humbly
Derived Forms
supplicatory, adjective
Word Origin
C15: from Latin supplicāre to beg on one's knees; see supple
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for supplicate

early 15c., from Latin supplicatus, past participle of supplicare (see supplication). Related: Supplicated; supplicating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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