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adulate

[aj-uh-leyt] /ˈædʒ əˌleɪt/
verb (used with object), adulated, adulating.
1.
to show excessive admiration or devotion to; flatter or admire servilely.
Origin
1770-1780
1770-80; back formation from adulation
Related forms
adulation, noun
adulator, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for adulate

adulate

/ˈædjʊˌleɪt/
verb
1.
(transitive) to flatter or praise obsequiously
Derived Forms
adulator, noun
Word Origin
C17: back formation from C15 adulation, from Latin adūlāri to flatter
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Word Origin and History for adulate
v.

1777, back-formation from adulation.

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