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

Definition of sate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

archaic past 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

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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 DeWine’s limited approach is unlikely to sate some of his fellow Republicans who’ve publicly castigated the governor for overreaching with his office’s powers. cleveland, "Gov. Mike DeWine faced pressure to rapidly scale back coronavirus restrictions. He didn’t cave.," 27 Apr. 2020 For many of us, adjusting to a less nomadic lifestyle has meant finding creative ways to sate our wanderlust, from reminiscing about past trips to planning for future ones. Erin Riley, Outside Online, "This Virtual Tour Cured My Travel Withdrawal," 17 Apr. 2020 Garth Brooks extends his tours until demand is sated, adding extra dates until shows stop selling out. The Economist, "How big stars maximise their take from tours," 25 July 2019 At least until Trump moved into the White House, Wilson’s purchase of the Virgin Islands appeared to have sated the American appetite for territorial acquisition. Andrew J. Bacevich, Harper's magazine, "The Old Normal," 2 Mar. 2020 But there’s also the demand to consider—those people voraciously surfing to sate their hunger for bias-confirming outrage. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Data shows who was reading “fake news” before 2016 US election," 4 Mar. 2020 Maxwell’s stunning designs aside, the designer’s shows are always a hot ticket for the industry, thanks to small touches like bringing out his design team to do the final bow or sating guests’ hunger with wings or Shake Shack. Cady Lang, Time, "10 Designers You Should Watch at New York Fashion Week," 4 Feb. 2020 In 1998, Liz Lange Maternity will permanently transform pregnancy apparel from frumpy to formfitting, while ’s first store, in New York’s SoHo, will simultaneously create and sate a national appetite for cheeky-glam ceramics and home furnishings. Jennifer Milne, ELLE Decor, "Fashion Maven Liz Lange Crafts a Palm Beach Getaway with Personality," 11 Mar. 2020 At the urging of fans, Fallon jumped in, seizing the opportunity to sate the fans’ appetite to know all about those now famous noodles. Melissa Locker, Time, "At Last BTS Fans Know All About That Mysterious Black Bean Noodle Incident," 25 Feb. 2020

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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 30 May. 2020.

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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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