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sedate

adjective se·date \ si-ˈdāt \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of sedate

:keeping a quiet steady attitude or pace :unruffled

sedately

adverb

sedateness

noun

Examples of sedate in a Sentence

  1. We walked the beach at a sedate pace.

  2. He remained sedate under pressure.

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Origin and Etymology of sedate

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

Synonym Discussion of 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

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sedate

verb

Definition of sedate

sedated; sedating
transitive verb
:to dose with sedatives

Examples of sedate in a Sentence

  1. The doctor sedated the patient heavily.

Recent Examples of sedate from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of sedate

back-formation from sedative


SEDATE Defined for English Language Learners

sedate

adjective

Definition of sedate for English Language Learners

  • : slow and relaxed

  • : quiet and peaceful


sedate

verb

Definition of sedate for English Language Learners

  • : to give (a person or animal) drugs that cause relaxation or sleep


SEDATE Defined for Kids

sedate

adjective se·date \ si-ˈdāt \

Definition of sedate for Students

:quiet and steady in manner or conduct

sedately

adverb

Medical Dictionary

sedate

transitive verb se·date \ si-ˈdāt \

medical Definition of sedate

sedated; sedating
:to dose with sedatives
  • the patient was sedated before the procedure


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