[ 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.
- adult education
Origin of adulate
First recorded in 1770–80; back formation from adulation
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Examples from the Web for adulate
She whom such songs were meant to adulate or win, frequently was the wife of the Troubadours lord.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume I of II)|Henry Osborn Taylor
It is true, people are permitted to adulate slavery—so they are allowed to adulate kings, where kings reign.
/ (ˈædjʊˌleɪt) /
(tr) to flatter or praise obsequiously
Word Origin for adulate
C17: back formation from C15 adulation, from Latin adūlāri to flatter
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1777, back-formation from adulation.
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