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adulate

[ aj-uh-leyt ]
/ ˈædʒ əˌleɪt /
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verb (used with object), ad·u·lat·ed, ad·u·lat·ing.

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

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Origin of adulate

First recorded in 1770–80; back formation from adulation

OTHER WORDS FROM adulate

ad·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 forms of adulate

adulator, noun

Word Origin for adulate

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