sup·​pli·​cate | \ ˈsə-plə-ˌkāt How to pronounce supplicate (audio) \
supplicated; supplicating

Definition of supplicate

intransitive verb

: to make a humble entreaty especially : to pray to God

transitive verb

1 : to ask humbly and earnestly of
2 : to ask for earnestly and humbly

Other Words from supplicate

supplication \ ˌsə-​plə-​ˈkā-​shən How to pronounce supplicate (audio) \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for supplicate

beg, entreat, beseech, implore, supplicate, adjure, importune mean to ask urgently. beg suggests earnestness or insistence in the asking. they begged for help entreat implies an effort to persuade or to overcome resistance. entreated me to join them beseech and implore imply a deeply felt anxiety. I beseech you to have mercy implored her not to leave him supplicate suggests a posture of humility. with bowed heads they supplicated their Lord adjure implies advising as well as pleading. we were adjured to tell the truth importune suggests an annoying persistence in trying to break down resistance to a request. importuning viewers for contributions

Examples of supplicate in a Sentence

the minister reminded his flock that God is a being to be obeyed and worshipped always and not just someone to be supplicated in times of trouble
Recent Examples on the Web Now, finally, Farley, as chief of Ford for barely half a year, has come to supplicate before the narrative. Dale Buss, Forbes, 1 June 2021 Committees should draw power from their accomplishments, not based on which industries need to supplicate before the gavel. Ben Sasse, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2020 Two rows of little red devils bow at the magician’s feet, as though supplicating a supreme figure of dark and mysterious powers. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian Magazine, 4 Mar. 2020 But while its competitors were giving grandiose speeches and supplicating at the White House, the company’s content-moderation choices stood out as an example of a social network with a moral compass. Kevin Roose, New York Times, 30 Dec. 2019 To restore their good standing, executives must supplicate, with minimal guidance from the party-state. Isaac Stone Fish, Twin Cities, 14 Oct. 2019 Women run many Sufi shrines across Tunisia, prepare and serve food for worshipers and the needy, while women are allowed to pray and supplicate at shrines alongside men – a rarity at Islamic sites. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Mar. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of supplicate

15th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

History and Etymology for supplicate

Middle English, from Latin supplicatus, past participle of supplicare, from supplic-, supplex supplicant — more at supple

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sup·​pli·​cate | \ ˈsə-plə-ˌkāt How to pronounce supplicate (audio) \
supplicated; supplicating

Kids Definition of supplicate

: to ask or beg in a humble way : beseech

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