[ suhp-li-keyt ]
/ ˈsʌp lɪˌkeɪt /

verb (used without object), sup·pli·cat·ed, sup·pli·cat·ing.

to pray humbly; make humble and earnest entreaty or petition.

verb (used with object), sup·pli·cat·ed, sup·pli·cat·ing.

to pray humbly to; entreat or petition humbly.
to seek or ask for by humble entreaty.

Nearby words

  1. suppliancy,
  2. suppliant,
  3. suppliantly,
  4. suppliants, the,
  5. supplicant,
  6. supplication,
  7. supplicatory,
  8. supplied,
  9. supplier,
  10. supply

Origin of supplicate

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin supplicātus (past participle of supplicāre to kneel), equivalent to supplic-, stem of supplex submissive, suppliant (see supple) + -ātus -ate1

Related forms

Synonym study

2. See appeal. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for supplicate


/ (ˈsʌplɪˌkeɪt) /


to make a humble request to (someone); plead
(tr) to ask for or seek humbly
Derived Formssupplicatory, adjective

Word Origin for supplicate

C15: from Latin supplicāre to beg on one's knees; see supple

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Word Origin and History for supplicate



early 15c., from Latin supplicatus, past participle of supplicare (see supplication). Related: Supplicated; supplicating.

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