sedate

adjective
se·​date | \ si-ˈdāt How to pronounce sedate (audio) \

Definition of sedate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: keeping a quiet steady attitude or pace : unruffled

sedate

verb
sedated; sedating

Definition of sedate (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to dose with sedatives

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Other Words from sedate

Adjective

sedately adverb
sedateness noun

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Adjective

serious, grave, solemn, sedate, staid, sober, earnest mean not light or frivolous. serious implies a concern for what really matters. a serious play about social injustice grave implies both seriousness and dignity in expression or attitude. read the proclamation in a grave voice solemn suggests an impressive gravity utterly free from levity. a sad and solemn occasion sedate implies a composed and decorous seriousness. remained sedate amid the commotion staid suggests a settled, accustomed sedateness and prim self-restraint. a quiet and staid community sober stresses seriousness of purpose and absence of levity or frivolity. a sober look at the state of our schools earnest suggests sincerity or often zealousness of purpose. an earnest reformer

Examples of sedate in a Sentence

Adjective We walked the beach at a sedate pace. He remained sedate under pressure. Verb The doctor sedated the patient heavily.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Even the sedate Subaru Legacy makes this VW appear conservatively drawn. John Pearley Huffman, Car and Driver, "Tested: 2020 Volkswagen Passat Still Trails the Family Sedan Pack," 15 June 2020 Supreme Court arguments are hushed, sedate affairs. J.c. Hallman, The New Republic, "When Mr. Sloan Went to Washington," 11 June 2020 The virtual town hall in Redwood City was more sedate, but a testament of its own to the increasingly widespread acknowledgment of concerns about the extent to which police exercise their authority. John King, SFChronicle.com, "Marchers gather outside Oakland mayor’s home, call for defunding police," 10 June 2020 Taylor sips a glass of water, sedate and at ease, the very picture of boomer success. Raisa Bruner, Time, "'I Knew Inevitably It Would Betray You.' James Taylor on Avoiding the Trap of Celebrity," 6 Feb. 2020 While election campaigns in the country are often festive, featuring K-pop style dance troupes, this election season has been more sedate. Julia Hollingsworth And Jake Kwon, CNN, "South Koreans head to polls despite coronavirus outbreak," 15 Apr. 2020 The second dining room, on the other side of the entrance way, is more sedate. Joan Wilder, BostonGlobe.com, "Warmth, great food make Cohasset’s Corner Stop a must," 31 Jan. 2020 But after a fairly sedate start, the movie gets increasingly grim and violent. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, "Review: Five new movies to watch at home (or not), ranked from must-see to skip it," 9 Apr. 2020 Those devices require doctors to fully sedate patients and insert a tube into their windpipes, a process that can cause pneumonia and other problems when used for extended periods of time. NBC News, "Texas 'mom and pop' business flooded with orders for helmet ventilators amid coronavirus crisis," 31 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The fire department and paramedics were called to assist and injected McClain with ketamine to sedate him. N'dea Yancey-bragg, USA TODAY, "Aurora police officers under investigation after being photographed near where Elijah McClain died," 30 June 2020 Paramedics later arrived at the scene and a medic gave McClain ketamine to sedate him. Audrey Mcnamara, CBS News, "Elijah McClain's mother says officers "murdered" her son as governor appoints special prosecutor to investigate," 26 June 2020 Minneapolis Police officers shot and killed four more people—Thurman Blevins, Travis Jordan, Mario Benjamin, and Chiasher Fong Vue—and were caught in a bodycam audit asking EMTs to sedate suspects and others with ketamine. Steve Fletcher, Time, "I'm a Minneapolis City Council Member. We Must Disband the Police—Here's What Could Come Next," 5 June 2020 While Diana was sedated as the machine helped her breathe, Carlos had grown ill with the same virus. Olivia Carville, Bloomberg.com, "Life After Ventilators Can Be Hell for Coronavirus Survivors," 10 May 2020 He was put on a ventilator, sedated and eventually transferred to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Fort Thomas. Cameron Knight, Cincinnati.com, "'We will get through this': Burlington family of 8 battles through coronavirus, together," 6 May 2020 Kaatz was flipped on his stomach for three days while sedated and on the ventilator. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Henry Ford doctor on ventilator beats COVID-19: 'I came as close to death as you can be'," 29 Apr. 2020 Cordero, 41, has spent 18 days being sedated in the intensive care unit of the hospital and has received assistance with his breathing through extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, Kloots said. Anousha Sakoui, Los Angeles Times, "Broadway star Nick Cordero to have leg amputated in COVID-19 complication," 18 Apr. 2020 Crucially, unlike when using a mechanical ventilator, the patient doesn’t need to be sedated. Tony Chambers, Fortune, "Consortiums and collaborations: Design companies team up to fight the coronavirus," 31 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of sedate

Adjective

1663, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1945, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sedate

Adjective

Latin sedatus, from past participle of sedare to calm; akin to sedēre to sit — more at sit

Verb

back-formation from sedative

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The first known use of sedate was in 1663

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22 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sedate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedate. Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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More Definitions for sedate

sedate

adjective
How to pronounce sedate (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of sedate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: slow and relaxed
: quiet and peaceful

sedate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sedate (Entry 2 of 2)

: to give (a person or animal) drugs that cause relaxation or sleep

sedate

adjective
se·​date | \ si-ˈdāt How to pronounce sedate (audio) \

Kids Definition of sedate

: quiet and steady in manner or conduct

Other Words from sedate

sedately adverb
se·​date | \ si-ˈdāt How to pronounce sedate (audio) \
sedated; sedating

Medical Definition of sedate

: to dose with sedatives the patient was sedated before the procedure

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