\ ˈsāt How to pronounce sate (audio) , ˈsat \

Definition of sate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

archaic past tense of sit


\ ˈsāt How to pronounce sate (audio) \
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

Synonyms for sate

Synonyms: Verb

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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

Verb The meal was more than enough to sate his hunger. The information sated their curiosity.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Wine and food enthusiasts sate themselves with an agenda visiting dedicated makers and creatives who apply the honed skills of their respective crafts to elevating local and seasonal ingredients. Jessica Ritz, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 These titles will sate you until it’s safe to travel again. Heather Greenwood Davis, Outside Online, 15 Dec. 2020 That, coupled with rising output in countries including Canada and Brazil, should sate demand for oil, said Edward Morse, head of commodities research at Citigroup. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 31 Dec. 2021 Diners at some McDonald’s can now sate their lust for a Quarter Pounder with a vegan McPlant instead. New York Times, 3 Mar. 2022 Rather than sate the curious, the disclosure triggered more questions about Mr. Kingman and the company that raised his visage from obscurity to ubiquity. Sha Hua, WSJ, 14 Jan. 2022 There was a production surge north of the border as major studios and streamers booked up sound studios across Ontario in a bid to sate the rising global demand for content. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Dec. 2021 An English muffin with peanut butter on it will sate our starving boys for up to 25 minutes, enough time to boil up some macaroni and cheese or order a pizza. Annabel Monaghan, The Week, 18 Nov. 2019 Loaves of bread were delivered to sate the passengers’ hunger but were just left in the middle of the terminal building—with passengers grabbing for food cheek-by-jowl. Chris Stokel-walker, Wired, 1 Dec. 2021 See More

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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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“Sate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2022.

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