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 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 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. Justin Chang, Twin Cities, "In the documentary ‘Honeyland,’ tradition hangs in the balance," 9 Aug. 2019 Fifteen years ago, the Democrats backed off from the hard left and took the safe route in nominating a boring and sedate party man — and came close to winning against a controversial incumbent president. Victor Davis Hanson, The Mercury News, "Hanson: Will 2020 be a repeat of 2004 for Democrats?," 8 Aug. 2019 There are two types of personalities (at the cafe), playful and sedate. Mary Colurso | Mcolurso@al.com, al, "Alabama’s first cat cafe, Gatos and Beans, aims to make animal lovers purr," 2 Aug. 2019 Agnes,’’ is a sedate, dignified, warmly appreciative portrait of a young woman that has the diligent attentiveness of academic life studies produced by 19th-century artists learning to master the depiction of the body. Steven Litt, cleveland.com, "Transformer Station’s “I Sing the Body’’ surveys photographic interpretation of the human form," 14 July 2019 The lively Egyptian nut-seed-spice mixture called dukkah makes a refreshing change from more sedate offerings. Robin Mather, chicagotribune.com, "Middle Eastern dips and spreads to bump hummus off your summer menu," 26 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 The lost polar bear will either be sedated and moved back to its natural habitat, or moved into a Russian zoo. Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Exhausted, Starving Polar Bear Wanders Miles from Habitat to Search for Food in Russian City," 18 June 2019 The animals are often sedated with ketamine or restrained with ropes, cages, or metal jackets during the extraction process. National Geographic, "Bear bile, explained," 12 June 2019 On Saturday, surgeons had quickly opened her abdomen, cleaned out feces and blood, and sent her, with a temporary patch over her open abdomen, to intensive care, heavily sedated and on a ventilator. New York Times, "Surgeons Labored to Save the Wounded in El Paso Mass Shooting," 9 Aug. 2019 At one day old, my son was hooked up to a ventilator, unable to breathe on his own, heavily sedated with morphine. Caitlin Dwyer, Longreads, "Shared Breath," 25 July 2019 To cut oxygen use, doctors sedated the patient into a medical coma. oregonlive, "Exclusive: Lung doctors tell why and how Oregon vaping victim died," 11 Sep. 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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4 Nov 2019

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The first known use of sedate was in 1663

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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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