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1sedate

adjective se·date \si-ˈdāt\

: slow and relaxed

: quiet and peaceful

Full Definition of SEDATE

:  keeping a quiet steady attitude or pace :  unruffled
se·date·ly adverb
se·date·ness noun

Examples of SEDATE

  1. We walked the beach at a sedate pace.
  2. He remained sedate under pressure.

Origin 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>.

Rhymes with SEDATE

abate, ablate, adnate, aerate, age-mate, agnate, airdate, airfreight, alate, arête, await, backdate, baldpate, bandmate, baseplate, bedmate, bedplate, berate, birthrate, bistate, bite plate, blank slate, blind date, blue plate, bookplate, breastplate, casemate, castrate, caudate, cell plate, cerate, cheapskate, checkmate, chelate, chordate, citrate, classmate, clavate, cognate, collate, comate, conflate, connate, Cook Strait, cordate, create, cremate, crenate, curate, cut-rate, deadweight, death rate, debate, deflate, delate, dentate, derate, dictate, dilate, disrate, donate, doorplate, downstate, drawplate, elate, end plate, equate, estate, faceplate, falcate, fellate, filtrate, first-rate, fishplate, fixate, flatmate, floodgate, fluxgate, flyweight, folate, formate, frustrate, gelate, gestate, ground state, gyrate, hamate, hastate, headgate, Hell Gate, helpmate, home plate, hot plate, housemate, hydrate, ice-skate, inflate, ingrate, inmate, innate, instate, irate, jailbait, Kuwait, lactate, lapse rate, legate, liftgate, ligate, lightweight, liquate, lobate, locate, lunate, lustrate, lych-gate, lyrate, magnate, makebate, makeweight, mandate, messmate, migrate, misstate, mutate, nameplate, narrate, negate, Newgate, nitrate, notate, nutate, oblate, of late, orate, ornate, ovate, palmate, palpate, peltate, phonate, pinnate, placate, playdate, playmate, plicate, portrait, postdate, predate, prime rate, probate, prolate, pronate, prorate, prostate, prostrate, punctate, pupate, quadrate, rain date, ramate, rebate, red-bait, relate, restate, roommate, rostrate, rotate, saccate, schoolmate, seatmate, sensate, septate, serrate, shipmate, short weight, slave state, soleplate, soul mate, spectate, spicate, squamate, stagnate, stalemate, stellate, striate, sublate, substrate, sulcate, summate, tailgate, teammate, Tebet, tenth-rate, ternate, terneplate, testate, third-rate, tinplate, to date, toeplate, tollgate, tractate, translate, tristate, truncate, unweight, update, uprate, upstate, V-8, vacate, vallate, valvate, vibrate, virgate, vulgate, whitebait, workmate

2sedate

transitive verb

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

se·dat·edse·dat·ing

Full Definition of SEDATE

:  to dose with sedatives

Examples of SEDATE

  1. The doctor sedated the patient heavily.

Origin of SEDATE

back-formation from sedative
First Known Use: 1945

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SEDATENESS Defined for Kids

sedate

adjective se·date \si-ˈdāt\

Definition of SEDATE for Kids

:  quiet and steady in manner or conduct
se·date·ly adverb
Medical Dictionary

sedate

transitive verb se·date \si-ˈdāt\
se·dat·edse·dat·ing

Medical Definition of SEDATE

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

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