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 Oumuamua was more sedate, like an asteroid (although its classification is still unclear). Jonathan O'callaghan, Scientific American, "Astronomers Find Our Second Interstellar Visitor Looks like the Locals," 3 Oct. 2019 Like the 2019 hurricane season, the 2019 wildfire season has been relatively sedate until recently. Chris Morris, Fortune, "It’s Not Just Hurricanes. California Wildfire Season is Underway, Too," 6 Sep. 2019 The interest in color trends may have started 20 years ago, when a marketing whiz at Pantone came up with a way to inject excitement into the otherwise sedate color standards business. Anne Quito, Quartzy, "It’s time to retire “color of the year”," 17 Oct. 2019 The Farmers' Almanac – first published in 1818, 26 years after the first Old Farmer’s Almanac – had a more sedate prediction of mild temperatures and average precipitation last winter. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Farmers' vs. Farmer's: What the almanacs are predicting for winter 2019," 29 Aug. 2019 The new rooms are Aboyer, a bustling, 56-seat brasserie, and Silencieux, a 24-seater that, as the name implies, seeks to provide a more sedate dining experience. Phil Vettel, chicagotribune.com, "Triple-threat dining: Aboyer and Silencieux join George Trois for a Winnetka trifecta," 5 Aug. 2019 Oceanside politics have been relatively sedate in recent years. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Oceanside picks new city manager," 9 Sep. 2019 Friday night, his playing was even-tempered, serene at its most energetic and sedate at its least. Zoë Madonna, BostonGlobe.com, "Boston Symphony Orchestra begins Tanglewood season in style," 7 July 2019 The heretofore sedate, steady camerawork by Fejmi Daut and Samir Ljuma turns suddenly volatile in clamorous scenes of the kids playing, quarreling and aggressively handling each other and the livestock. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Honeyland’ a heartbreaking film about a vanishing way of life," 30 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Patients who get high before being sedated, which also affects the heart, could face increased risk of cardiac problems, including heart attack, Hepner said. Naomi Martin, BostonGlobe.com, "No eating, no drinking, and now, no marijuana before surgery, doctors say," 21 Aug. 2019 The cows will likely have to be sedated and taken back to Cedar Island by boat. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "3 Cows Swept Away by Hurricane Dorian’s “Mini Tsunami” Recently Turned Up on the Outer Banks," 13 Nov. 2019 The night of the incident, after McClain was handcuffed, authorities injected him with ketamine in an attempt to sedate him. Kieran Nicholson, The Denver Post, "Autopsy: Cause and manner of death of 23-year-old who struggled with Aurora police is undetermined," 8 Nov. 2019 Some of the patients were allegedly given both prescription and nonprescription drugs intended to sedate them. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "Laguna Honda Hospital scandal details shared amid ongoing investigation," 24 Oct. 2019 In reality, many animals go through rigorous training or have to be sedated to make these benign experiences possible. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Neglectful Sanctuaries and Poached Animals: New Report Reveals the Dark Side of Wildlife Tourism," 7 June 2019 Each tiger was sedated and carried out by stretcher before being driven by truck to one of two government facilities. New York Times, "86 Tigers From Notorious Thai Temple Died in Government Custody," 16 Sep. 2019 Hidden in a leather valise and sedated lest her cries betray her, she was smuggled past SS guards. Bart Barnes, BostonGlobe.com, "Anita Epstein, who chronicled her infancy during the Holocaust, dies at 76," 13 July 2019 Dubin, who was sedated and deeply depressed after the death of his son, was handcuffed and taken to court still wearing his hospital gown to face charges of failing to file tax returns. Dorany Pineda, latimes.com, "Manuel L. Real, judge who helped desegregate Southern California schools, dies at 95," 1 July 2019

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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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The first known use of sedate was in 1663

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Last Updated

2 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Sedate.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedater. Accessed 11 December 2019.

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More Definitions for sedate

sedate

adjective
How to pronounce sedate (audio)

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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