Meaning of imperate in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪmpəreɪt/


  • Chiefly in later use To rule, govern (something); to command (a person or thing); to direct or motivate (especially an act or action).

    Now especially associated with the doctrine of St Thomas Aquinas and his followers.


Late 16th century. From classical Latin imperāt-, past participial stem of imperāre to order, to command, to rule from im- + parāre to prepare.