ad·u·late || 'ædjʊleɪt v. flatter or admire excessively

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  • Adulate — Ad u*late, v. t. [L. adulatus, p. p. of adulari.] To flatter in a servile way. Byron. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adulate — I verb acclaim, admire, applaud, approbate, approve, celebrate, commend, compliment, eulogize, exalt, express, extol, flatter, glorify, idolize, laud, lionize, overpraise, pay tribute to, praise, salute II index overestimate Burton s Legal… …   Law dictionary

  • adulate — (v.) 1777, back formation from ADULATION (Cf. adulation) …   Etymology dictionary

  • adulate — [v] flatter apple polish*, brown nose*, fall all over*, fawn, gush, kiss feet*, praise, worship; concepts 59,69 …   New thesaurus

  • adulate — [a′jo͞o lāt΄, a′jəlāt΄] vt. adulated, adulating [< L adulatus, pp. of adulari, to fawn upon, orig., to wag the tail < ad , to + * ūlos, tail < IE * ūlo < base * wel > WALK: cf. WHEEDLE] 1. to praise too highly or flatter servilely… …   English World dictionary

  • adulate — adulation ► NOUN ▪ excessive admiration. DERIVATIVES adulate verb adulatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin, from adulari fawn on …   English terms dictionary

  • adulate — transitive verb see adulation …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • adulate — adulation, n. adulator, n. adulatory /aj euh leuh tawr ee, tohr ee/, adj. /aj euh layt /, v.t., adulated, adulating. to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely. [1770 80; back formation from adulation, ME < MF < L… …   Universalium

  • adulate — verb To flatter effusively …   Wiktionary

  • adulate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. flatter (See flattery). II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) v. flatter, *apple polish, gush, admire, praise, worship, *kiss feet, *brown nose, fawn, *fall all over. ANT.: disrespect, ignore, insult III… …   English dictionary for students

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