Definition of supinate in English:



  • 1 Turn or hold (a hand, foot, or limb) so that the palm or sole is facing upward or outward.

    ‘a supinated foot’
    Compare with pronate
    • ‘When a fracture of the hook of the hamate is suspected, physicians should include the carpal tunnel and supinated oblique views.’
    • ‘The biceps come into play quite strongly to supinate your hands, as well as to flex the arms.’
    • ‘This study has determined that the elbow joints of large canids do not converge on a single morphotype and that all analyzed species of borophagines and hesperocyonines have retained the ability to supinate their forearms.’
    • ‘To correct the clubfoot, the cavus is corrected first by supinating the forefoot and dorsiflexing the first metatarsal.’
    • ‘The examiner grasps the wrist, resisting attempts by the patient to actively supinate the arm and flex the elbow.’
    1. 1.1[no object] Walk or run with most of the weight on the outside of the feet.
      • ‘Then you can increase acceleration even more by supinating.’
      • ‘If you can only see the ball and heel of your foot, you supinate and need a shoe that offers more cushioning.’


Mid 19th century (earlier ( mid 17th century) as supination): back-formation from supination, from Latin supinatio(n-), from supinare lay backward from supinus (see supine).