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sate

verb

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1 to fill with food to capacity
  • I sated myself with an array of decadent offerings from the dessert table

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2 to put a complete end to (a physical need or desire)
  • a huge meal that should have sated everyone's hunger

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How is the word sate different from other verbs like it?

Some common synonyms of sate are cloy, glut, gorge, pall, satiate, and surfeit. While all these words mean "to fill to repletion," satiate and sate may sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire.

years of globe-trotting had satiated their interest in travel

readers were sated with sensationalistic stories

When could cloy be used to replace sate?

While in some cases nearly identical to sate, cloy stresses the disgust or boredom resulting from such surfeiting.

sentimental pictures that cloy after a while

When can glut be used instead of sate?

The words glut and sate are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, glut implies excess in feeding or supplying.

a market glutted with diet books

When would gorge be a good substitute for sate?

While the synonyms gorge and sate are close in meaning, gorge suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking.

gorged themselves with chocolate

When is it sensible to use pall instead of sate?

Although the words pall and sate have much in common, pall emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite.

a life of leisure eventually begins to pall

Where would surfeit be a reasonable alternative to sate?

The words surfeit and sate can be used in similar contexts, but surfeit implies a nauseating repletion.

surfeited themselves with junk food

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“Sate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/sate. Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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