sedate

1 of 2

adjective

se·​date si-ˈdāt How to pronounce sedate (audio)
: keeping a quiet steady attitude or pace : unruffled
sedately adverb
sedateness noun

sedate

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verb

sedated; sedating

transitive verb

: to dose with sedatives
Choose the Right Synonym for sedate

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
His approach was sedate, deliberate and thoughtful — like a lawyer. Reader Commentary, Baltimore Sun, 26 Apr. 2024 Network stalwarts like Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert mix the latter modes with varying degrees of success, though Meyers can be too sedate, Kimmel too bro-ish, and Colbert a tad glib. Judy Berman, TIME, 10 May 2024
Verb
Finally, on June 1, 22 days after the group laid the traps, game wardens, biologists and a local resident worked together to nab the bear, sedate it using drugs and get rid of the can. Olivia Lloyd, Miami Herald, 5 June 2024 Experts are divided on whether travelers with pets should sedate or tranquilize their dogs before a flight (even the American Veterinary Medical Association offers a slightly murky answer to this question), so weigh the pros and cons with an expert who is familiar with you and your animal. Matt Meltzer, Condé Nast Traveler, 2 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for sedate 

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

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

Verb

back-formation from sedative

First Known Use

Adjective

1663, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sedate was in 1663

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Cite this Entry

“Sedate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedate. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

sedate

adjective
se·​date
si-ˈdāt
: quiet in manner or conduct : staid, sober
sedately adverb
sedateness noun

Medical Definition

sedate

transitive verb
se·​date si-ˈdāt How to pronounce sedate (audio)
sedated; sedating
: to dose with sedatives
the patient was sedated before the procedure

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