\ 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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Synonyms for sate

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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 According to Pugh within ten minutes, an out-of-breath production assistant appeared outside the carriage, gasping for air and holding out a bag of Wendy’s french fries to sate Streep’s craving. Melissa Locker, Time, "Meryl Streep Has Fries Delivered to Movie Set Like the Champion She Is," 11 Dec. 2019 Thankfully, there was plenty left on the menu to sate us. Annabel Ross, Billboard, "The Best of Rakastella 2019, an Oceanside Alternative to Art Basel Miami," 9 Dec. 2019 The Outer Worlds, with its colorful graphics and new universe to explore, seems to have sated them—at least for now. Lisa Marie Segarra, Fortune, "Gift Guide: Winning Presents for the Video Gamers on Your List," 5 Dec. 2019 Friday’s announcement seems to have sated many of those critiques. Frederick Reimers, Outside Online, "Backcountry Is Making Amends After Angering Consumers," 11 Nov. 2019 In honor of the juicy American original, several restaurants with Orlando area locations are offering deals to sate your appetite. Trevor Fraser,, "Cheeseburger Day: Celebrate with these Orlando area deals," 18 Sep. 2019 Readers who want the details of his selection and confirmation for the Supreme Court will not be sated. Leslie Southwick, National Review, "A Republic, If You Can Keep It," 17 Sep. 2019 In the meantime, hardcore fans can sate their hunger for all things Star Wars with season two of Star Wars Resistance. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Kylo Ren makes a cameo in trailer for Star Wars Resistance season two," 14 Aug. 2019 All seem to have been equally acceptable to sate their lust for blood. The Economist, "Who did the Maya sacrifice?," 1 Aug. 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 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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