\ 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

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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 No wonder our meagre individual expressions of value dictated by capitalist enterprise fit perfectly within a capitalist enterprise that profits off our inability to ever sate ourselves. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "Performance Art: On Sharing Culture," 30 Mar. 2020 The president appeared unaware that American democracy can't be shaped to produce a same-day result to sate his impatience. Calvin Woodward, Star Tribune, "AP FACT CHECK: Trump's election agitations and distortions," 1 Aug. 2020 More than 60 vendors stand ready to sate Hoosier appetites at the fairgrounds through July 19. Cheryl V. Jackson, The Indianapolis Star, "From crickets to turkey, here are Marion County Fair foods to not miss this year," 26 June 2019 At the virtual book party for fashion editor Andre Leon Talley, two hours was not enough time to sate an audience hungry for tales from his life of globe-trotting. Robin Givhan, Washington Post, "Inside the virtual fashion party scene, where supermodels may materialize and your clothes don’t matter," 30 June 2020 This transit sharpens our wit, encouraging us to explore new subjects to sate our curiosities. Venus Australis,, "Your Horoscope This Week," 17 May 2020 The pandemic eroded state tax collections by $867 million below estimates in April, sate budget director Kimberly Murnieks said Wednesday. Max Londberg,, "Canceled field trips, no teacher training, deficits are possible effects of Ohio K-12 cuts," 8 May 2020 Instead of feeling sated and satisfied, we are desensitized and in need of ever more stimulation — ever more war, ever more gore, and ever more hardcore. TheWeek, "An exploration of boredom," 8 Mar. 2020 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

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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 1 Oct. 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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