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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [aj-uh-leyt]
    • /ˈædʒ əˌleɪt/
    • /ˈæʤəleɪt/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [aj-uh-leyt]
    • /ˈædʒ əˌleɪt/

Definitions of adulate word

  • verb adulate to flatter or praise obsequiously 3
  • verb transitive adulate to praise too highly or flatter servilely 3
  • verb transitive adulate to admire intensely or excessively 3
  • verb with object adulate to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely. 1
  • noun adulate Praise (someone) excessively or obsequiously. 1
  • verb adulate To flatter effusively. 0

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Origin of adulate

First appearance:

before 1770
One of the 46% newest English words
First recorded in 1770-80; back formation from adulation

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Parts of speech for Adulate


adulate popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 70% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 55% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

adulate usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adulate

verb adulate

  • fawn — a young deer, especially an unweaned one.
  • gush — to flow out or issue suddenly, copiously, or forcibly, as a fluid from confinement: Water gushed from the broken pipe.
  • praise — the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation.
  • worship — reverent honor and homage paid to God or a sacred personage, or to any object regarded as sacred.
  • brown-nose — to curry favor; behave obsequiously.

Antonyms for adulate

verb adulate

  • disparage — to speak of or treat slightingly; depreciate; belittle: Do not disparage good manners.

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