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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective By summer, Wong was drawing with charcoal on paper, smearing it in wild gestures, as if releasing anxieties, or in sedate fields of gray. Raffi Khatchadourian, The New Yorker, 9 May 2022 On the whole though, this is a fairly sedate and serious film, low on pulp thrills. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 17 Feb. 2022 Instead, the 2022 Academy Awards are just as sedate and predictable as in previous years, but with a few notable modifications. Adario Strange, Quartz, 8 Feb. 2022 Teigen's dress, the shade of a watermelon Laffy Taffy, provided a playful contrast to her husband John Legend's sedate black velvet look. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 3 Apr. 2022 Viewers across the world woke up from this sedate event, with some very strong feelings in response to both actors’ behaviors. Nina Shapiro, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 There are two ways to relax at a nice hotel: by being lavishly cared for or by retreating deeper into yourself — reading old novels, staring out at a sedate landscape, sitting in a steam room for longer than is probably advisable. New York Times, 10 Mar. 2022 Stokes, the grand marshal, had arranged the second ball at Fort Whiting as an intimate affair to accommodate those who, still wary of the virus, might prefer a party of more sedate proportions. The Masked Observer, al, 1 Mar. 2022 The twin engines of the Anguilla Air Services Britten-Norman Islanders operate at a much more sedate speed. Nicola Chilton, CNN, 18 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb CBS Los Angeles reported that after animal control and law enforcement officers initially failed to sedate the mountain lion, the cat ran into Morse Micro Office. CBS News, 23 Mar. 2022 In contrast, when Beabadoobee took the stage, Kristi’s performance was restrained, almost sedate at times. Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2021 Soothing topical ingredients will help to sedate, calm and comfort overactive skin by reducing redness. Renée Rouleau, refinery29.com, 28 Jan. 2022 Critical incidents are things like suicide attempts, assaults on staff requiring hospital treatment, or a student engaged in self-injurious behavior so severe that emergency medical services considered using ketamine to sedate them. Sandy Lewandowski, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 The animal sedative used in veterinary medicine to sedate cows, horses, sheep and other animals is being added to other drugs, mostly fentanyl and heroin, as a cutting agent, officials said. Lisa Rathke, CBS News, 23 Dec. 2021 Over the next week, her oxygen levels kept dropping and doctors had to put her on a ventilator and sedate her on Nov. 4. Hannah Drown, cleveland, 25 Nov. 2021 To the unaware, Port St. Lucie might look like a rather nondescript Florida town, sprawling and sedate – a suburb in search of a city with nothing that resembled a downtown until developers built one about two decades ago. Harry Bruinius, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Aug. 2021 First the couple mixed sleeping pills into food to sedate their victims. New York Times, 5 July 2021 See More

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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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18 May 2022

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“Sedate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sedate. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for sedate

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

sedate

transitive verb
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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