adulate

[ aj-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈædʒ əˌleɪt /

verb (used with object), ad·u·lat·ed, ad·u·lat·ing.

to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. adterminal,
  2. adts,
  3. aduki,
  4. adularescent,
  5. adularia,
  6. adulation,
  7. adulatory,
  8. adullamite,
  9. adult,
  10. adult education

Origin of adulate

First recorded in 1770–80; back formation from adulation

Related formsad·u·la·tion, nounad·u·la·tor, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for adulate

adulate

/ (ˈædjʊˌleɪt) /

verb

(tr) to flatter or praise obsequiously
Derived Formsadulator, noun

Word Origin for adulate

C17: back formation from C15 adulation, from Latin adūlāri to flatter

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Word Origin and History for adulate

adulate

v.

1777, back-formation from adulation.

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