[ soo-per-er-uh-geyt ]
/ 藢su p蓹r藞蓻r 蓹藢ge瑟t /
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verb (used without object), su路per路er路o路gat路ed, su路per路er路o路gat路ing.
to do more than duty requires.
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Origin of supererogate

First recorded in 1730鈥40; from Late Latin super膿rog膩tus (past participle of super膿rog膩re 鈥渢o pay out in addition鈥), equivalent to super- 鈥渁bove, beyond鈥 + 膿rog膩tus, past participle of 膿rog膩re 鈥渢o pay out,鈥 equivalent to 膿- 鈥渙ut of, from鈥 + rog(膩re) 鈥渢o ask鈥 + -膩tus past participle suffix; see super-, e-1, -ate1

OTHER WORDS FROM supererogate

su路per路er路o路ga路tion, nounsu路per路er路o路ga路tor, noun
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How to use supererogate in a sentence

  • 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

/ (藢su藧p蓹r藞蓻r蓹藢伞e瑟t) /

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

Derived forms of supererogate

supererogator, noun

Word Origin for supererogate

C16: from Late Latin super膿rog膩re to spend over and above, from Latin super- + 膿rog膩re to pay out
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