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

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

Origin of adulate

First recorded in 1770–80; back formation from adulation
Related formsad·u·la·tion, nounad·u·la·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for adulate

fawn, gush, praise, worship, brown-nose

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British Dictionary definitions for adulate



(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

1777, back-formation from adulation.

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