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oblate

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Etymology 1Edit

From French oblat and its source, post-classical Latin oblatus (person dedicated to religious life), a nominal use of the past participle of offerro (I offer).

NounEdit

oblate (plural oblates)

  1. (Roman Catholic Church) A person dedicated to a life of religion or monasticism, especially a member of an order without religious vows or a lay member of a religious community.
  2. A child given up by its parents into the keeping or dedication of a religious order or house.
    • 2007, The Venerable Bede started as an oblate at St Paul's, Jarrow, but by the time of his death in 735 was surely the most learned man in Europe. — Tom Shippey, ‘I Lerne Song’, London Review of Books 29:4, p. 19
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Etymology 2Edit

From Late Latin oblātus (oblatus), from Latin ob (in front of, before) + lātus (broad, wide), (modeled after prōlātus (extended, lengthened)).

AdjectiveEdit

oblate (comparative more oblate, superlative most oblate)

  1. Flattened or depressed at the poles.
    The Earth is an oblate spheroid.
    • 1922, Why should I not speak to him or to any human being who walks upright upon this oblate orange? — James Joyce, Ulysses
    • 1997, ‘ ’Tis prolate, still,’ with a long dejected Geordie O. ‘Isn’t it…?’ ‘I’m an Astronomer,– trust me, ’tis gone well to oblate.’ — Thomas Pynchon, Mason & Dixon
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AdjectiveEdit

oblate

  1. feminine plural of oblato

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ParticipleEdit

oblāte

  1. vocative masculine singular of oblātus