[ im-pi-treyt ]
/ ˈɪm pɪˌtreɪt /

verb (used with object), im·pe·trat·ed, im·pe·trat·ing.

to obtain by entreaty.
to entreat; ask for.

Nearby words

  1. impetiginous,
  2. impetigo,
  3. impetigo herpetiformis,
  4. impetigo neonatorum,
  5. impetigo vulgaris,
  6. impetuosity,
  7. impetuous,
  8. impetus,
  9. impf.,
  10. imphal

Origin of impetrate

1525–35; < Latin impetrātus past participle of impetrāre to obtain by asking, equivalent to im- im-1 + -petrā(re), combining form of patrāre to bring to completion, accomplish, derivative of pater father + -tus past participle suffix

Related formsim·pe·tra·tion, nounim·pe·tra·tive, im·pe·tra·to·ry [im-pi-truh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈɪm pɪ trəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveim·pe·tra·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for impetratory


/ (ˈɪmpɪˌtreɪt) /

verb (tr)

to supplicate or entreat for, esp by prayer
to obtain by prayer
Derived Formsimpetration, nounimpetrative, adjectiveimpetrator, noun

Word Origin for impetrate

C16: from Latin impetrāre to procure by entreaty, from -petrāre, from patrāre to bring to pass, of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Latin pater a father

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