[ stip-yuh-leyt ]
/ ˈstɪp yəˌleɪt /
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verb (used without object), stip·u·lat·ed, stip·u·lat·ing.

to make an express demand or arrangement as a condition of agreement (often followed by for).

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

to arrange expressly or specify in terms of agreement: to stipulate a price.
to require as an essential condition in making an agreement: Total disarmament was stipulated in the peace treaty.
to promise, in making an agreement.
Law. to accept (a proposition) without requiring that it be established by proof: to stipulate the existence of certain facts or that an expert witness is qualified.



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Origin of stipulate

1615–25; <Latin stipulātus (past participle of stipulārī to demand a formal agreement), apparently equivalent to stipul- (see stipule) + -ātus-ate1


stip·u·la·ble [stip-yuh-luh-buhl], /ˈstɪp yə lə bəl/, adjectivestip·u·la·tor, nounstip·u·la·to·ry [stip-yuh-luh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee], /ˈstɪp yə ləˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectiveun·stip·u·lat·ed, adjective

Definition for stipulate (2 of 2)

[ stip-yuh-lit, -leyt ]
/ ˈstɪp yə lɪt, -ˌleɪt /

adjective Botany.

having stipules.

Origin of stipulate

From the New Latin word stipulātus, dating back to 1770–80. See stipule, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for stipulate (1 of 2)

/ (ˈstɪpjʊˌleɪt) /


(tr; may take a clause as object) to specify, often as a condition of an agreement
(intr foll by for) to insist (on) as a term of an agreement
Roman law to make (an oral contract) in the form of question and answer necessary to render it legally valid
(tr; may take a clause as object) to guarantee or promise

Derived forms of stipulate

stipulable (ˈstɪpjʊləbəl), adjectivestipulation, nounstipulator, nounstipulatory (ˈstɪpjʊlətərɪ, -trɪ), adjective

Word Origin for stipulate

C17: from Latin stipulārī, probably from Old Latin stipulus firm, but perhaps from stipula a stalk, from the convention of breaking a straw to ratify a promise

British Dictionary definitions for stipulate (2 of 2)

/ (ˈstɪpjʊlɪt, -ˌleɪt) /


(of a plant) having stipules
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