- Enter a word for the dictionary definition.
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Supplicate \Sup"pli*cate\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Supplicated; p. pr. & vb. n. Supplicating.] [L. supplicatus, p. p. of supplicare to supplicate; of uncertain origin, cf. supplex, supplicis, humbly begging or entreating; perhaps fr. sub under + a word akin to placare to reconcile, appease (cf. Placable), or fr. sub under + plicare to fold, whence the idea of bending the knees (cf. Ply, v. t.). Cf. Supple.] 1. To entreat for; to seek by earnest prayer; to ask for earnestly and humbly; as, to supplicate blessings on Christian efforts to spread the gospel. [1913 Webster] 2. To address in prayer; to entreat as a supplicant; as, to supplicate the Deity. [1913 Webster] Syn: To beseech; entreat; beg; petition; implore; importune; solicit; crave. See Beseech. [1913 Webster]