Definition of propitiate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

propitiate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//prəˈpɪʃieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpɪʃieɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they propitiate
BrE BrE//prəˈpɪʃieɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpɪʃieɪt//
 
he / she / it propitiates
BrE BrE//prəˈpɪʃieɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpɪʃieɪts//
 
past simple propitiated
BrE BrE//prəˈpɪʃieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpɪʃieɪtɪd//
 
past participle propitiated
BrE BrE//prəˈpɪʃieɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpɪʃieɪtɪd//
 
-ing form propitiating
BrE BrE//prəˈpɪʃieɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//prəˈpɪʃieɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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propitiate somebody (formal) to stop somebody from being angry by trying to please them synonym placate Sacrifices were made to propitiate the gods. Word Origin late Middle English (as propitiation): from Latin propitiat- ‘made favourable’, from the verb propitiare, from propitius ‘favourable, gracious’.
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