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

The heretofore sedate, steady camerawork by Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma turns suddenly volatile in clamorous scenes of the kids playing, quarreling and aggressively handling each other and the livestock. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Honeyland’ a heartbreaking film about a vanishing way of life," 30 Aug. 2019 The heretofore sedate, steady camerawork by Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma turns suddenly volatile in clamorous scenes of the kids playing, quarreling and aggressively handling each other and the livestock. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "In the documentary ‘Honeyland,’ tradition hangs in the balance," 9 Aug. 2019 Fifteen years ago, the Democrats backed off from the hard left and took the safe route in nominating a boring and sedate party man — and came close to winning against a controversial incumbent president. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Will 2020 be a repeat of 2004 for Democrats?," 8 Aug. 2019 There are two types of personalities (at the cafe), playful and sedate. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Alabama’s first cat cafe, Gatos and Beans, aims to make animal lovers purr," 2 Aug. 2019 Agnes,’’ is a sedate, dignified, warmly appreciative portrait of a young woman that has the diligent attentiveness of academic life studies produced by 19th-century artists learning to master the depiction of the body. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Transformer Station’s “I Sing the Body’’ surveys photographic interpretation of the human form," 14 July 2019 The lively Egyptian nut-seed-spice mixture called dukkah makes a refreshing change from more sedate offerings. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "Middle Eastern dips and spreads to bump hummus off your summer menu," 26 July 2019 There's a version of this that would be very presentational and very sedate... Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "David Oyelowo on Javert's Tragic Suicide in Les Misérables," 20 May 2019 The heretofore sedate, steady camerawork by Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma turns suddenly volatile in clamorous scenes of the kids playing, quarreling and aggressively handling each other and the livestock. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "In the documentary ‘Honeyland,’ tradition hangs in the balance," 9 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The zebra was sedated, briefly airlifted to a truck and trailer and taken back to its new owners. Lauren M. Johnson, CNN, "An escaped zebra dies after galloping around a Texas town," 8 Aug. 2019 On August 12, 1960, Barbara was sedated, and her hips and legs were punctured fifty times with a large-bore needle to extract the crimson sludge of her bone marrow. Siddhartha Mukherjee, The New Yorker, "The Promise and Price of Cellular Therapies," 15 July 2019 She is currently sedated and on a ventilator while her lungs recover, Endorf said. Molly Korzenowski, Twin Cities, "Mother and family of girls burned in vehicle fire at Fridley Walmart speak out," 8 Aug. 2019 He was sedated in the intensive care unit for two days. Dallas News, "Man's family says he was shot after trying to fight back against El Paso shooter with soda bottles," 7 Aug. 2019 Clark was not immediately charged, and could not speak with officers while he was sedated in the hospital, reports said. Fox News, "Police suspect man killed New York girl he met on Instagram and shared photos of her body online," 16 July 2019 Off-duty duty firefighter Alfredo Gargano, who was hired in 2015, suffered several injuries in the crash and needed to be sedated for an ambulance to take him to the hospital, police reports say. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com, "Man, woman accused of pickpocketing injured Cleveland firefighter after he crashed motorcycle on I-71," 16 July 2019 Doctors sedated him to help his brain heal, and in recent days Luciano has begun to wake up. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Family of Kewaskum brothers in I-94 crash gives update on boys, thanks community for support," 7 June 2019 The woman had to be sedated and intubated because of swelling in her windpipe, according to authorities. Michelle Hunter, nola.com, "Attempted murder charge after Kenner man chokes woman, police say," 5 June 2019

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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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