nuncupate

transitive verb nun·cu·pate \ ˈnəŋkyəˌpāt \

Definition of nuncupate

-ed/-ing/-s
1 obsolete
a :to inscribe to by way of compliment :dedicate
  • nuncupating my litany to your ladyship
  • —John Bastwick
b :to utter solemnly :pronounce
  • they do here … nuncupate this deliberate vow
  • —Edmund Burke
2 :to declare (a will) publicly :proclaim
  • how doth that will appear … in whose presence did he nuncupate it
  • —Isaac Barrow

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Origin and Etymology of nuncupate

Latin nuncupatus, past participle of nuncupare to name, declare, dedicate, contraction of nomen capere, from nomen name + capere to take


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