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

Every November my husband's horse racing interests take us to an event in sedate and suburban Pasadena. Carol Mack, Town & Country, "What One Upper East Side Mom Did When She Found Out Her Son Was in the Marijuana Business," 8 Feb. 2017 Tunnel through the swarm and razzle-dazzle, the urgent flashing cries for everything from Asahi to fugu (blowfish) joints, and make your way to the comparatively sedate red-on-yellow façade of Creo-ru. Cnt Editors, Condé Nast Traveler, "Loud, Crowded, Grease-Stained, and Gloriously Drunk: Where the World Eats After Hours," 8 Oct. 2018 Moreover, those workers have much more sedate schedules than their Silicon Valley counterparts. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "As the SpaceX steamroller surges, European rocket industry vows to resist," 20 July 2018 This was at a time when most companies were putting out low-key brown and beige palettes in sedate and elegant packaging. Kathleen Hackett, ELLE Decor, "All in the Family," 4 Oct. 2010 Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, true to form, released a more sedate photo of the pair of them that is no less sweet and sentimental. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "The Royal Family Christmas Card Photos Are Spectacular," 14 Dec. 2018 This event was supposed to focus on the relatively sedate topic of space debris, but the freewheeling president had other ideas. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "President Trump makes news at Space Council meeting by going off script," 18 June 2018 This is a lively and eclectic bunch, ranging from the sedate English countryside to the furthest reaches of time and space. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 20 best TV series of 2018," 12 Dec. 2018 These drugs include propofol, midazolam, and hydromorphone — all of which are used to sedate — as well as the drugs pancuronium bromide, which is a muscle relaxant, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Even when a seal is sedated though, the crew must remain alert as they are surrounded by fully awake, burly seals. Kasha Patel, Smithsonian, "How Data-Gathering Seals Help Scientists Measure the Melting Antarctic," 13 July 2018 Harris sedated the boys and coach before they were taken out by divers over three days, concluding July 10. Rod Mcguirk, The Seattle Times, "9 Australians awarded bravery medals for Thai cave rescue," 24 July 2018 Image That year, in the midst of the litigation, Dr. Davis-Boutte started posting numerous YouTube videos online, Ms. Witt said, that showed her dancing and gesturing in front of patients who appear to be sedated. Christina Caron, New York Times, "Doctor Who Danced During Surgery Is Suspended by Georgia Medical Board," 7 June 2018 This is especially prominent in emergency cases, where hydromorphone is needed to sedate an animal that has been involved in some sort of accident and needs surgical reconstruction. Talia Kirkland, Fox News, "The opioid epidemic's forgotten victims: Pets," 17 Apr. 2018 Weakened by hunger and thirst, the 15-pound coyote wasn’t in any condition to be chemically sedated, Nuckolls said. Benjy Egel, sacbee, "Coyote rescued after spending 10 days with a plastic jar stuck on its head | The Sacramento Bee," 6 Feb. 2018 Higher education is in a lot of trouble, barely kept on track by massive price increases, grade inflation that keeps the mostly inattentive customers sedated, and a class of academic serfs, called adjuncts, who work for meager wages. John Leo, WSJ, "‘The University We Need’ Review: Rethinking College," 18 July 2018 There was no immediate response from Kenyan authorities, though Kenya’s immigration department retweeted a post calling on the public to ignore a rumor that Miguna had been sedated or drugged. Washington Post, "Kenyan opposition figure say he was drugged when deported," 29 Mar. 2018 Jackson's Elijah Price has been kept there for years, heavily sedated, and seems to have given up on plotting nefarious schemes. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New TV spot for Glass will make you want to believe in super powers," 18 Nov. 2018

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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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More Definitions for sedate

sedate

adjective

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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