- The definition of adulate means to lavishly flatter.
To kiss up to someone and gush on and on about how beautiful, smart, funny and delightful he is is an example of adulate.
adulate definition by Webster's New World
- to praise too highly or flatter servilely
- to admire intensely or excessively
Origin: ; from Classical Latin adulatus, past participle of adulari, to fawn upon, origin, originally , to wag the tail ; from ad-, to plush an unverified form ūlos, tail ; from Indo-European an unverified form ūlo ; from base an unverified form wel- from source walk: compare wheedle
adulate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb ad·u·lat·ed, ad·u·lat·ing, ad·u·lates
Origin: Back-formation from adulation.
- adˈu·laˌtor noun
- adˈu·la·toˌry adjective