- 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.
transitive verbadulated, adulating
- to praise too highly or flatter servilely
- to admire intensely or excessively
Origin of adulate; from Classical Latin adulatus, past participle of adulari, to fawn upon, origin, originally , to wag the tail ; from ad-, to + an unverified form ūlos, tail ; from Indo-European an unverified form ūlo ; from base an unverified form wel- from source walk: compare wheedle
transitive verbad·u·lat·ed, ad·u·lat·ing, ad·u·lates
To praise or admire excessively; fawn on.
Origin of adulateBack-formation from adulation.