\ 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 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 Beekeeper Ibrahim Sedef had been having a hard time keeping his honey out of the maws of bears looking to sate their sweet tooth. Melissa Locker, Time, "Turkish Beekeeper Secretly Video Puts Insatiable Bears to Work Taste-Testing His Honey. The Night Vision Footage Is Perfect.," 29 Aug. 2019 That audiences came away happily sated meant a lot to the pair. Scott Huver, CNN, "'Avengers: Endgame' screenwriters really wanted to deliver a satisfying conclusion," 13 Aug. 2019 And once you're sated, there's live music, dancing and auction items. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Caribbean Festival, Shore Leave, outdoor movies and more," 7 July 2019 Their appetite for spectacle is sated through heart-stopping acrobatics and, for Cirque’s first time ever, extreme street sports. Washington Post, "12 things to do in the D.C. area this week," 12 Aug. 2019 Here are eight picks that should leave diners sated and elated. Michael Mayo,, "8 picks for great meal deals during Fort Lauderdale restaurant months," 31 July 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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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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something of little or no value

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