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 From 2014 to 2018, the researchers report, more than 39,000 people in the U.S. were injured from riding these seemingly sedate scooters, and about 3,300 people were admitted to the hospital. Jamie Ducharme, Time, "E-Scooter Injuries Are the Latest 'Urban Health Scare,' a New Report Suggests," 8 Jan. 2020 As expected, Tour produces a comfortable ride from the Magnaride shocks and sedate behavior from the engine and transmission, making the Corvette a comfortable highway cruiser. Dan Carney, Popular Science, "The Corvette is finally the supercar it deserves to be," 2 Jan. 2020 For something more sedate but just as entertaining, come out to Storytellers at The Transept on Tuesday and hear Polly Campbell wax lyrical about food, family and the holiday. Luann Gibbs, Cincinnati.com, "Things to do this week in Cincinnati: Nov. 25-Dec. 1," 25 Nov. 2019 The French settlers brought with them the tradition of Mardi Gras, although the early celebrations were much more sedate than the party atmosphere of today. Kelly Kazek | Kkazek@al.com, al, "When Alabama’s Mardi Gras was a New Year’s celebration," 24 Dec. 2019 Weather conditions along the Florida coast are more sedate as of Thursday morning, but meteorologists will still need to send up a weather balloon to provide in-situ data about conditions in the mid and upper levels of the atmosphere. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "On its second attempt, SpaceX sends Dragon soaring to the ISS [Updated]," 5 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This etiquette makes the more turbulent emotions in Topics feel contained, if not outright sedated (alcohol, it should be said, maintains a constant presence throughout the novel). Zoë Hu, The New Republic, "The Limits of the Confessional Novel," 27 Jan. 2020 Once at DoveLewis, Roscoe experienced medical complications while sedated, vomiting into his lungs and experiencing difficulty breathing. oregonlive, "DoveLewis settles with family over death of bulldog," 23 Jan. 2020 As her patient lay sedated on an exam table at the San Antonio Zoo, Dr. Debbie Myers prepared to ease his pain. Vincent T. Davis, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio Zoo response team ready to help animals affected by Australia wildfires," 23 Jan. 2020 Veronica Wilhelm testified she did not consent to being filmed while sedated nor to having her tooth taken out while Lookhart was on the hoverboard, CNN affiliate KTUU reported last month. Dakin Andone, CNN, "A dentist was filmed extracting a tooth while on a hoverboard. He was found guilty on 46 counts," 19 Jan. 2020 Martikainen, who was agitated and allegedly resisted arrest, was evaluated by medical staff and sedated. oregonlive, "Linn County cops arrest Virginia man suspected of making bomb threats to Central Linn High School," 7 Nov. 2019 Many children were hospitalized, and some were even sent to the intensive care unit (ICU) in hospitals and sedated to fully recover. Amelia Harnish, Health.com, "What Is Enterovirus? Here's What to Know, According to an Infectious Disease Specialist," 25 Oct. 2019 One scientist told a state news agency that the writing must have been done while the bear was sedated, so clear and steady the lettering. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, "Russians spotted a polar bear painted in cryptic graffiti. Scientists are searching for answers.," 4 Dec. 2019 One scientist told a state news agency that the writing must have been done while the bear was sedated, so clear and steady the lettering. Reis Thebault, Anchorage Daily News, "Russians spotted a polar bear painted in cryptic graffiti. Scientists are searching for answers.," 4 Dec. 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

14 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Sedate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedatest. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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