Definition of supplicate in English:



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  • Ask or beg for something earnestly or humbly.

    with infinitive ‘the plutocracy supplicated to be made peers’
    • ‘For man to serve, to submit himself to supplicating God, the Almighty must be essentially different from him.’
    • ‘He was forced to stand with arms spread high and wide as if supplicating the Lightbringer.’
    • ‘He previously suffered with the illness of white liver, but upon supplicating to Allah Ta'ala, he was cured except for a small portion of his skin the size of a Dinaar or a Dirham.’
    • ‘When I were a lad, my mother would tell me to supplicate on her behalf after each of the five daily ‘contact’ prayers, so that it would become a habit that I'd continue with after she'd died.’
    • ‘When the boy walked into the synagogue tonight, he did so in reaction to an overwhelming urge to be one with his people in supplicating the Almighty on this holiest day.’
    • ‘He supplicates before Lord Shiva for a boon of spiritual bliss.’
    • ‘Traditional practitioners include herbalists, bone setters, diviners, and ritual specialists who may supplicate spirits or ancestors.’
    • ‘She tells him to supplicate her mother first and then leaves.’
    • ‘In this formula, practitioners of religion are more or less powerless over the supernatural beings with whom they deal; they can only supplicate those beings for favours and then await their response.’
    • ‘They simply looked at him - or at the ground in front of him - in a suitably supplicating fashion, and he smiled back.’
    • ‘When they reached a destination, they would seek protection of jinn by supplicating to them.’
    • ‘Do repent to Allah for your sins and supplicate with raised hands at the times of prayer as these are the best times, during which Allah Al-Mighty looks at His servants with mercy.’
    • ‘He should willingly and with an open heart and mind supplicate for divine guidance and ask for direction so that the problem is solved in his own best interest.’
    • ‘At a time when disease, deprivation, danger, and premature death were the norm, people were overwhelmed by fear and ignorance, and they supplicated hidden and mysterious forces that they could not comprehend.’
    • ‘In the mid-sixth century the refugee Pactyes supplicated the Cymaeans, who found themselves threatened with war unless they handed him over to the Persians.’
    • ‘Would you rather she just sat there, head downcast, assuming a suitably downtrodden, meekly supplicating air for you?’
    entreat, beseech, beg, plead with, implore, petition, appeal to, solicit, call on, urge, enjoin, importune, pray, invoke, sue, ask, request
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Late Middle English: from Latin supplicat- ‘implored’, from the verb supplicare, from sub- ‘from below’ + placere ‘propitiate’.