\ 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

Synonyms: Verb

cram, glut, gorge, stuff, surfeit

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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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Only mildly marred by the sentimentality that infects so much American war writing, Hersey’s account of the first American land offensive of World War II, Into the Valley (1943), sated a fierce public thirst. Roy Scranton, The New Republic, "How John Hersey Bore Witness," 27 June 2019 More The 2019 outlook, meanwhile, was enough to sate investors because their expectations are modest, said KeyBanc Capital Markets analyst Arvind Ramnani. Jay Greene, WSJ, "IBM Beats Earnings Expectations Although Its Revenue Again Declines," 22 Jan. 2019 But while that plan sated Europe’s desperate need for dollars for trade, Belt and Road borrowers don’t need or want much Chinese yuan. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Dominant Dollar Bests Challengers," 20 Jan. 2019 Minimalist answers like the border wall also may represent the future—a conscious act of self-delusion that sates the emotional needs of contemporary politics but lets the realities fester. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, "Gridlock Is the New Normal," 16 Jan. 2019 One is teaching the value of a dollar in a nearly cashless society in which cravings can be sated by using the Amazon or Seamless apps on Mommy’s iPhone. John Brodie, Town & Country, "How to Talk to Your Children About Money," 29 Jan. 2019 Some fans suffering from Timmy withdrawal were sated when Hot Summer Nights, a 90's-era romp shot before the CMBYN craze took shape, landed in theaters. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "How Did Timothée Chalamet Spend 2018? We’re So Glad You Asked," 10 Dec. 2018 Once sated, head to the Glensheen Estate, a 39-room, 27,000-square-foot mansion once owned by the influential Congdon family; it's considered one of the most prominent examples of 20th century Midwestern architecture. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Road Trip: 4 Days on Minnesota's North Shore," 19 July 2018 Either way, the harrowing tale of Asia Bibi has a moral: Giving in to Islamists’ demands does not sate their appetite for repression. Sadanand Dhume, WSJ, "Will Pakistan Execute a 53-Year-Old Woman for Being Christian?," 18 Oct. 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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