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See also: Oblate
- (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɒbleɪt/ (or IPA(key): /ɒˈbleɪt/ for adjective)
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈɑbleɪt/
- Rhymes: (UK adjective) -eɪt
- (Roman Catholicism) 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.
- 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
- Flattened or depressed at the poles.
- The Earth is an oblate spheroid.
- 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