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

Meeks Bay Resort is more groomed, but somewhat sedate. Allen Pierleoni, The Mercury News, "8 spectacular Lake Tahoe beaches for maximum frolic," 30 June 2019 Six minutes later, the crew cabin exited the region of maximum heating from atmospheric friction and deployed its parachutes to slow from a velocity of about 515 mph to a much more sedate 16 mph or so. William Harwood, CBS News, "3 station fliers complete "once-in-a-lifetime ride" home after 204-day stay in orbit," 24 June 2019 At the more sedate Pertot Gabriel in Aurisina, located in a 19th-century courtyard, most people seemed to have brought their dogs. Tara Isabella Burton, WSJ, "Undiscovered Italy: The Strange and Splendid Carso Region," 20 June 2019 The same hospitality group, Moersch, also runs the more sedate Free Run Cellars. Lori Rackl, chicagotribune.com, "A wine country weekend close to home: Southwest Michigan's vineyards boast variety — and a cute new B&B," 5 June 2019 What was overdone 20 years ago is sedate these days. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "The 2001 Isuzu Vehicross is Reliable and Off-Road Ready," 20 Mar. 2019 Such concerns are a far cry from those of even the recent past in Reno, where the economy has long been based on gambling and the city’s status as a small, sedate northern answer to Las Vegas. Conor Dougherty, New York Times, "California Housing Problems Are Spilling Across Its Borders," 20 Mar. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Then they were sedated and put in two private planes for the journey to Mozambique. Paul Steyn, National Geographic, "How the world’s largest lion relocation was pulled off," 2 May 2019 Turkish intelligence officials believe that this could indicate Khashoggi was sedated and suffocated with a plastic bag. Luke Mcgee, CNN, "10 key findings from the report into Jamal Khashoggi's killing," 19 June 2019 And while her decision to sedate Roscoe is widely accepted by vets, the intern did not have the Ackleys sign an informed consent form, which would have gone over the risks of anesthesia and allowed the Ackleys to discuss other treatment options. oregonlive.com, "A Portland family took their dog to DoveLewis; the family says it’s the hospital’s fault he died," 19 June 2019 Many had to be re-sedated by the divers once or twice en route. National Geographic, "The untold story of the daring cave divers who saved the Thai soccer team," 4 Mar. 2019 Four officers and two medical responders arrived and decided to sedate the man, according to the report authors, who reviewed body camera footage, The Star Tribune reported. Christopher Mele, New York Times, "Ketamine Used to Subdue Dozens at Request of Minneapolis Police, Report Says," 16 June 2018 Does sedating lobsters with weed — or with anything else — actually do anything? Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "The owner of a Maine lobster pound is sedating her lobsters with marijuana before killing them.," 19 Sep. 2018 The jaguar, named Valerio, was sedated by Audubon Zoo staff after he was discovered out of his habitat. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Jaguar at New Orleans zoo bit through steel fence before killing 9 animals, will not be euthanized," 19 July 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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