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ˈsāt How to pronounce sate (audio)

archaic past tense of sit


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sated; sating

transitive verb

: to cloy with overabundance : glut
: to appease by indulging to the full
sate one's thirst
Choose the Right Synonym for sate

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.
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Word History



probably by shortening & alteration from satiate

First Known Use


1534, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of sate was in 1534

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Cite this Entry

“Sate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


sated; sating
: to fill especially with food beyond desire : glut
: to satisfy fully : satiate

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