[ soo-per-er-uh-geyt ]
/ ˌsu pərˈɛr əˌgeɪt /

verb (used without object), su·per·er·o·gat·ed, su·per·er·o·gat·ing.

to do more than duty requires.

Origin of supererogate

1730–40; < Late Latin superērogātus (past participle of superērogāre to pay out in addition), equivalent to super- super- + ērogātus past participle of ērogāre to pay out, equivalent to ē- e-1 + rog(ere) to ask + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

su·per·er·o·ga·tion, nounsu·per·er·o·ga·tor, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for supererogate

  • But for all that, Horse Shoe, he wa'n't going to supererogate me, without getting as good as he sent.

    Horse-Shoe Robinson|John Pendleton Kennedy
  • To supererogate is to overpay, or to do more than duty requires.

    Write It Right|Ambrose Bierce

British Dictionary definitions for supererogate


/ (ˌsuːpərˈɛrəˌɡeɪt) /


(intr) obsolete to do or perform more than is required

Derived Forms

supererogator, noun

Word Origin for supererogate

C16: from Late Latin superērogāre to spend over and above, from Latin super- + ērogāre to pay out
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