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sedate

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adjective se·date \si-ˈdāt\

Simple Definition of sedate

  • : slow and relaxed

  • : quiet and peaceful

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sedate

  1. :  keeping a quiet steady attitude or pace :  unruffled

sedately

adverb

sedateness

noun

Examples of sedate in a sentence

  1. We walked the beach at a sedate pace.

  2. He remained sedate under pressure.



Origin and Etymology of sedate

Latin sedatus, from past participle of sedare to calm; akin to sedēre to sit — more at sit


First Known Use: 1663

Synonym Discussion of sedate

serious, grave, solemn, sedate, staid, sober, earnest mean not light or frivolous. serious implies a concern for what really matters <a serious play about social injustice>. grave implies both seriousness and dignity in expression or attitude <read the proclamation in a grave voice>. solemn suggests an impressive gravity utterly free from levity <a sad and solemn occasion>. sedate implies a composed and decorous seriousness <remained sedate amid the commotion>. staid suggests a settled, accustomed sedateness and prim self-restraint <a quiet and staid community>. sober stresses seriousness of purpose and absence of levity or frivolity <a sober look at the state of our schools>. earnest suggests sincerity or often zealousness of purpose <an earnest reformer>.

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sedate

transitive verb se·date

Simple Definition of sedate

  • : to give (a person or animal) drugs that cause relaxation or sleep

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sedate

sedated

sedating

  1. :  to dose with sedatives

Examples of sedate in a sentence

  1. The doctor sedated the patient heavily.



Origin and Etymology of sedate

back-formation from sedative


First Known Use: 1945


SEDATE Defined for Kids

sedate

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adjective se·date \si-ˈdāt\

Definition of sedate for Students

  1. :  quiet and steady in manner or conduct

sedately

adverb



Medical Dictionary

sedate

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transitive verb se·date \si-ˈdāt\

Medical Definition of sedate

sedated

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sedating

  1. :  to dose with sedatives <the patient was sedated before the procedure>





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