sedate

adjective
se·date | \si-ˈdāt \

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 sedate luxury brand needed an aspirational vehicle that would get attention, if not sales. Robert Duffer, chicagotribune.com, "2018 Lexus LC500h review: How to neuter a sports car into a hybrid," 27 Mar. 2018 Without consulting Michael, the IDF representatives quickly sedate Dafna. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "'Foxtrot' review: An Israeli war dance, uniquely unsettling," 22 Mar. 2018 In years past, the trains reached 30 mph, but today’s more sedate pace enabled passengers to view the route. John Lee, latimes.com, "Underground London well beyond the Tube holds secrets and delights," 25 Mar. 2018 In the sedate world of actuarial science, Jeremy Gold was a bomb thrower. Heather Gillers, WSJ, "Jeremy Gold Shook Up Pension World With Warnings About Risks," 13 July 2018 Most of the art in the Commanders’ homes in Gilead is pre-20th century and leans towards landscapes, portraits, and sedate, aristocratic themes. Rena Gross, Billboard, "'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 12 Recap: 15 Reactions to 'Postpartum'," 4 July 2018 The crowd, largely sedate throughout the night, rose to its feet after Liberatore got a second, two-out strike on Cordero. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Four Dodgers pitchers no-hit Padres in Mexico," 4 May 2018 Old airliners almost universally go to the scrapyard but this one will enjoy a new, sedate lease on life, joining Boeing's 737 and 747 prototypes at the Museum's new Aviation Pavilion. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "The First Boeing 727 Flies Again—For 12 Minutes," 26 Feb. 2016 In Riyadh, her ride was a bit more sedate — her father’s two-year-old Lexus. Margaret Coker, New York Times, "A Moment to Savor: A Saudi Woman Rejoices as Driving Ban Ends," 23 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

That's not an option for the many hospital patients who are sedated, intubated, vomiting or too frail to swallow pills. Linda A. Johnson, chicagotribune.com, "The other opioid crisis: Hospitals grapple with prolonged injected opioid shortage," 28 June 2018 Agent Robert Rodriguez said Tuesday that the tiger appeared calm and was possibly sedated. BostonGlobe.com, "Smugglers abandon baby tiger in a bag along the Texas border," 1 May 2018 Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife posted on Facebook on Tuesday that rangers captured, sedated and moved a 4.7-meter crocodile. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Just Another Day in Australia: Rangers Wrangle 1,300-lb. Crocodile to Keep It from Entering Town," 10 July 2018 Another patient who was terminally ill was kept sedated to the point of being non-responsive, records state. Kelsey Mo, azcentral, "2 suspected of abusing disabled adults in El Mirage unlicensed care facility," 2 July 2018 The doctor at the ER also sedated him, according to the report. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Patrick Cudahy employee shows up drunk, tells police he'd shoot them if he had a gun," 20 June 2018 Ana did not need to be sedated during the procedure. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "‘Re-poopulation’ could become a valuable tool in animal care | The Sacramento Bee," 25 Apr. 2018 Page after page of the charge sheet details how the drugs were allegedly used to sedate the child. Sam Kiley, CNN, "How a child rape revealed the problems facing modern India," 17 May 2018 Officials were able to capture the bear at about 9 a.m. after using a nonlethal tranquillizer gun to sedate it. Mikaela Porter, courant.com, "Injured Bear Found Under West Hartford Shed Tranquilized, Released," 7 May 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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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 \

Kids Definition of sedate

: quiet and steady in manner or conduct

Other Words from sedate

sedately adverb
se·date | \si-ˈdāt \
sedated; sedating

Medical Definition of sedate 

: to dose with sedatives the patient was sedated before the procedure

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