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 One whale got a sedate retirement at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, UK. Kiona N. Smith, Forbes, 6 June 2021 Popular safari wildlife and the endangered Rothschild's giraffe cover the endless savanna, while 450 birds species and fearsome hippos line the Nile River, where tour boats glide through sedate, wide-mouthed waters. Travis Levius, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2021 Last year was, surprisingly, a relatively sedate season, with over $51 billion in damages. Chris Morris, Fortune, 21 May 2021 In another episode, in Season 4, hosted by the folk singer Arlo Guthrie, an initially sedate Muppet square dance devolves into cheerful brutality, with the participants punching and kicking one another. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, 17 Apr. 2021 The new business will feature coffee and cocktails in a more sedate setting, according to the owners. Bob Bong, chicagotribune.com, 27 Apr. 2021 The lull provided opportunity for Mr. Abdul-Ahad to recount a less sedate evening last fall. Martin Kuz, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 Apr. 2021 The confetti imagery will be replaced by new graphic elements featuring shapes and colors that are comparatively more sedate. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, 31 Mar. 2021 The acid green in the contemporary rug from Dover Rug & Home turns the more sedate shade of blue on its side. BostonGlobe.com, 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The level of interaction is curated but can lead to bucolic moments, and there’s a healthy enough variety of beasts and behaviors to make the game a nicely satisfying and sedate experience. Jonathan Peltz, Wired, 30 Apr. 2021 To guide the animals to the raft, the team first had to sedate them, and then quickly apply a reversal drug. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Apr. 2021 Gray noted that following McClain's death, the fire department placed a moratorium on the use of ketamine to sedate people. Bill Hutchinson, ABC News, 23 Feb. 2021 Paramedics arrived on the scene and injected him with 500 milligrams of ketamine to sedate him. Ashlee Banks, Essence, 23 Feb. 2021 Some experts advocate slipping the lobsters into the freezer to sedate them and then killing them using a chef’s knife before steaming. Ann Maloney, Washington Post, 19 Aug. 2020 But the instant torque of electric motors means that even sedate-looking electric vehicles will embarrass a 1960s muscle car off the line when the traffic light goes green. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 23 Nov. 2020 By the comparatively low standards of American elections, most voting on Tuesday appears to have taken place in a fairly orderly and sedate manner. Sue Halpern, The New Yorker, 4 Nov. 2020 The trial compared ketamine with another drug used to sedate patients who required breathing tubes. Charles Piller, Science | AAAS, 1 Oct. 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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11 Jun 2021

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“Sedate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedate. Accessed 19 Jun. 2021.

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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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