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verb (used without object), sup·pli·cat·ed, sup·pli·cat·ing.
  1. to pray humbly; make humble and earnest entreaty or petition.
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verb (used with object), sup·pli·cat·ed, sup·pli·cat·ing.
  1. to pray humbly to; entreat or petition humbly.
  2. to seek or ask for by humble entreaty.
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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 formssup·pli·cat·ing·ly, adverbsup·pli·ca·to·ry [suhp-li-kuh-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee] /ˈsʌp lɪ kəˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i/, adjectivenon·sup·pli·cat·ing, adjectivepre·sup·pli·cate, verb (used with object), pre·sup·pli·cat·ed, pre·sup·pli·cat·ing.un·sup·pli·cat·ed, adjectiveun·sup·pli·cat·ing, adjectiveun·sup·pli·cat·ing·ly, adverb

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2. See appeal.
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Related Words for supplicate

desire, beseech, pray, beg, solicit, appeal, seek, petition

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Historical Examples of supplicate

  • If she be not a mother, you will supplicate her to speak of her potential children.

    City of Endless Night

    Milo Hastings

  • Congress could only supplicate the States for money and borrow what it might on its expectations.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • "Your mercy; I supplicate it," she cried in an agonised voice.

    The False Chevalier

    William Douw Lighthall

  • Speedily all pour glad libation on the board, and supplicate the gods.

  • Andrea might writhe and supplicate and despair as he would—in vain.

    The Child of Pleasure

    Gabriele D'Annunzio

British Dictionary definitions for supplicate


  1. to make a humble request to (someone); plead
  2. (tr) to ask for or seek humbly
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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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