from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To ask for humbly or earnestly, as by praying.
- transitive v. To make a humble entreaty to; beseech.
- intransitive v. To make a humble, earnest petition; beg.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To humble oneself before another in making a request; to beg.
- v. To plead with one's deity.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To entreat for; to seek by earnest prayer; to ask for earnestly and humbly.
- transitive v. To address in prayer; to entreat as a supplicant.
- intransitive v. To make petition with earnestness and submission; to implore.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To beg for; seek or invoke by earnest prayer: as, to supplicate a blessing.
- To address or appeal to in prayer: as, to supplicate the throne of grace.
- Synonyms Request, Beg, etc. See ask, and list under solicit.
- To entreat humbly; beseech; implore; petition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. ask humbly (for something)
- v. ask for humbly or earnestly, as in prayer
- v. make a humble, earnest petition
Middle English supplicaten, from Latin supplicāre, supplicāt-, from supplex, supplic-, suppliant; see supple.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the participle stem of Latin supplicāre, from sub- + plicāre ‘to bend’. (Wiktionary)