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sa·​tiate ˈsā-sh(ē-)ət How to pronounce satiate (audio)
: filled to satiety


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sa·​ti·​ate ˈsā-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce satiate (audio)
satiated; satiating

transitive verb

: to satisfy (a need, a desire, etc.) fully or to excess
satiation noun

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The time has come at last to share the “sad” history of satiate, by which we mean that the two words—sad and satiate—are etymologically connected, not that the details will have you reaching for the tissue box. Both satiate and sad are related to the Latin adjective satis, meaning “enough.” When we say our desire, thirst, curiosity, etc. has been satiated, we mean it has been fully satisfied (satisfy being another satis descendant)—in other words, we’ve had enough. Satiate and sate (believed to be an alteration and shortening of satiate) sometimes imply simple contentment, but often suggest that having enough has dulled interest or desire for more, as in “Years of globe-trotting satiated their interest in travel.” Sad, which in its earliest use could describe someone who was weary or tired of something, traces back to the Old English adjective sæd, meaning “sated,” and sæd shares an ancient root with Latin satis.

Choose the Right Synonym for satiate

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 satiate in a Sentence

Adjective a couple of satiate dinner guests had ensconced themselves on the living room sofa Verb a long drink of water at last satiated my thirst
Recent Examples on the Web
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Word History



Latin satiatus, past participle of satiare, from satis enough — more at sad

First Known Use


15th century, in the meaning defined above


15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of satiate was in the 15th century


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Cite this Entry

“Satiate.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
sa·​tiate ˈsā-sh(ē-)ət How to pronounce satiate (audio)
: filled to excess


2 of 2 verb
sa·​ti·​ate ˈsā-shē-ˌāt How to pronounce satiate (audio)
satiated; satiating
: to satisfy (as a need or desire) fully or to excess
satiation noun

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