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

These drugs include propofol, midazolam, and hydromorphone — all of which are used to sedate — as well as the drugs pancuronium bromide, which is a muscle relaxant, and potassium chloride, which stops the heart. Abdullah Shihipar, Teen Vogue, "Lethal Injection Drugs and the Death Penalty, Explained," 30 Oct. 2018 The Post reports that the area will see relatively sedate winds for the next week; on Sunday, July 22, there is rain forecast to affect the area. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "11-million-ton iceberg threatens to inundate tiny Greenland village with tsunami," 15 July 2018 Cabo San Lucas is the glitzier of the two, with famous nightlife and great shopping, while San Jose del Cabo is more sedate, with an authentic small-town Mexico vibe. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Honeymoon guide: Six Los Cabos resorts for couples," 8 May 2018 Smith interjected at one point to show a graph that compared sea levels rising at a sedate pace even as carbon emissions boomed. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Clean air, water on voters’ agenda, but not Congress’," 18 May 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Her solution: sedating the lobsters by blowing weed smoke into their enclosures. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "The owner of a Maine lobster pound is sedating her lobsters with marijuana before killing them.," 19 Sep. 2018 There is still some uncertainty about the degree to which the boys were sedated before being escorted out. Rebecca Tan, Washington Post, "New video from Thai navy shows the scene inside Tham Luang cave during dramatic rescue," 11 July 2018 Patients are minimally sedated, John said, comparing the anesthesia to the kind people get before an endoscopy. Maria Elena Vizcaino, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Puerto Rican evacuee is 100th patient for new procedure at Osceola Regional: 'Now I can live longer'," 3 July 2018 Chucky was sedated by the veterinarian and the Oxford Fire Department was called to help pry the trap off. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Oxford police save groundhog from trap, name it Chucky," 3 July 2018 During the Miss Peru pageant last year, a contestant, Alessandra Bonelli, said on television that her personal trainer had sedated and raped her in 2015. Marcelo RochabrÚn, New York Times, "In Peru, Justice in Sexual Assault Cases Called a ‘Lost Cause’," 6 May 2018 Wilder was being kept sedated while hooked up to a ventilator, his daughter Debby wrote. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Band director seriously injured in freak accident during Chicago rehearsal when equipment falls from ceiling," 10 May 2018 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

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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 \

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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