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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Tempers rarely run high in Japan’s famously sedate politics. New York Times, 8 July 2022 Tempers rarely run high in Japan’s famously sedate politics. Daisuke Wakabayashi, BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2022 There are more sedate -- and indeed more extreme -- cycling experiences to be had in Abu Dhabi. Barry Neild, CNN, 14 July 2022 But for those who just want riding lessons, the pace is much more sedate. Nadia Leigh-hewitson, CNN, 11 July 2022 Your closet is sedate but not boring, prioritizing texture over color, and perfectly cut. Zoe Dubno, Vogue, 16 June 2022 Shell’s succinct comments about Peacock’s advertiser-friendly status were downright sedate compared what came from deputy Linda Yaccarino. Mikey O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 May 2022 Hideaway’s 85-seat space, divided into a sedate dining room and a bar area with a view into the kitchen, felt like a place of possibility. Los Angeles Times, 23 June 2022 Talking with Die Welt in 2009, Fletcher said the group had been a sedate one for many years. Variety, NBC News, 26 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The hour, both brisk and sedate, was hosted by Darren Criss and Julianne Hough, whose cheerleader pep seemed to grate even on themselves. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 The usually rowdy infield of the Pimlico Race Course was sparse and uncharacteristically sedate early Saturday afternoon. New York Times, 21 May 2022 Even the comparatively sedate official data is flashing a warning signal, with a monthly measure showing new-home prices had fallen on an annual basis for the first time in more than six years. Rebecca Feng, WSJ, 19 May 2022 Audiences accustomed to the rapid-fire pacing of, say, the Bourne movies might find Metz’s more methodically probing approach too measured, even sedate. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Apr. 2022 CBS Los Angeles reported that after animal control and law enforcement officers initially failed to sedate the mountain lion, the cat ran into Morse Micro Office. CBS News, 23 Mar. 2022 In contrast, when Beabadoobee took the stage, Kristi’s performance was restrained, almost sedate at times. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2021 Soothing topical ingredients will help to sedate, calm and comfort overactive skin by reducing redness. Renée Rouleau, refinery29.com, 28 Jan. 2022 Critical incidents are things like suicide attempts, assaults on staff requiring hospital treatment, or a student engaged in self-injurious behavior so severe that emergency medical services considered using ketamine to sedate them. Sandy Lewandowski, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Sedate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedate. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for sedate

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

sedate

transitive verb
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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