\ˈsāt, ˈsat\

Definition of sate 

(Entry 1 of 2)

archaic past of sit


\ˈsāt \
sated; sating

Definition of sate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cloy with overabundance : glut

2 : to appease by indulging to the full sate one's thirst

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Synonyms for sate

Synonyms: Verb

assuage, quench, satiate, satisfy, slake

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satiate, sate, surfeit, cloy, pall, glut, gorge mean to fill to repletion. satiate and sate may sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire. years of globe-trotting had satiated their interest in travel readers were sated with sensationalistic stories surfeit implies a nauseating repletion. surfeited themselves with junk food cloy stresses the disgust or boredom resulting from such surfeiting. sentimental pictures that cloy after a while pall emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite. a life of leisure eventually begins to pall glut implies excess in feeding or supplying. a market glutted with diet books gorge suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking. gorged themselves with chocolate

Examples of sate in a Sentence


The meal was more than enough to sate his hunger. The information sated their curiosity.

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Ironically, given his and the club's desire to finally sate their Champions League hunger, Buffon is unavailable for PSG's opening three European matches next season. Afp,, "Buffon joins PSG on one-year contract," 6 July 2018 If Ready Player One didn't give you your fill of raucous futuristic teen drama taking place in an alternate CGI reality, then let Skins creator Bryan Elsley's new Netflix series, Kiss me First, sate that hunger. Tom Philip, GQ, "The Creator of Skins Has Made a Sci-Fi Series for Netflix," 15 June 2018 Still, devoted Feifferites, not to mention fans of Mr. Rash and Mr. Koechner, who get to flex their muscles nicely here, will be well sated. Jules Feiffer, New York Times, "Review: ‘Bernard and Huey’ Has Wit and Personality. Stale Jokes, Too.," 7 June 2018 Yet in neither case did extra autonomy sate nationalist appetites. The Economist, "The siren call of separatism," 12 July 2018 On one side is Kentucky’s $8.5 billion bourbon industry, which provides some 17,500 jobs and is in a period of unprecedented growth as distilleries sprout up around the state to sate the world’s thirst for Kentucky bourbon. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "With aluminum tariffs, Matt Bevin is compromised and bourbon will pay," 22 June 2018 Flavors rotate, but there are vegan-dedicated dispensers at each location that keep four flavors ready to sate your cravings. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Where to Find Dairy-Free and Vegan Ice Cream in L.A.," 13 June 2018 The question is whether that will be enough to both sate and drive his hunger. Ira Winderman,, "ASK IRA: Do draft results take sting out of Heat deal for Dragic?," 22 June 2018 World Cups are won by teams on the rise that have paid their dues, not by sated or aging stars. Staff,, "Who Will Win the 2018 World Cup? SI's Expert Predictions and Knockout Brackets," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of sate


1534, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for sate


probably by shortening & alteration from satiate

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English Language Learners Definition of sate

: to fill (someone) with food so that no more is wanted

: to end (something, such as hunger or curiosity) by providing everything that is required or wanted

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