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[ soo-puh-neyt ]
/ ˈsu pəˌneɪt /

verb (used with object), su·pi·nat·ed, su·pi·nat·ing.

to turn to a supine position; rotate (the hand or foot) so that the palm or sole is upward.

verb (used without object), su·pi·nat·ed, su·pi·nat·ing.

to become supinated.

Nearby words

supervisory, supervisory board, superwaif, superweed, superwoman, supinate, supination, supinator, supinator muscle, supine, supinely

Origin of supinate

First recorded in 1825–35, supinate is from the Latin word supīnātus (past participle of supīnāre to lay face up). See supine, -ate1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for supinate

  • The patient is unable to supinate the forearm or to abduct the arm, and in most cases to flex the forearm.

    Manual of Surgery|Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles

British Dictionary definitions for supinate


/ (ˈsuːpɪˌneɪt, ˈsjuː-) /


to turn (the hand and forearm) so that the palm faces up or forwards
Derived Formssupination, noun

Word Origin for supinate

C19: from Latin supīnāre to lay on the back, from supīnus supine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for supinate



1831, from Latin supinatus, past participle of supinare, from supinus (see supine).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for supinate


[ sōōpə-nāt′ ]


To assume, or to be placed in, a supine position.
Related formssu′pi•nation n.
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