supplicate

[ 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.

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.
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supplicate

/ (ˈsʌplɪˌkeɪt) /

verb

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

Derived Forms

supplicatory, adjective

Word Origin for supplicate

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