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

  • intransitive v. To make petition with earnestness and submission; to implore.
  • 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.

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)



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