verb (used with object), sat·ed, sat·ing.
Origin of sate1
Definition for sate (2 of 5)
Definition for sate (3 of 5)
or sa·tay, sa·té
Origin of sate3
Definition for sate (4 of 5)
verb (used without object), sat or (Archaic) sate; sat or (Archaic) sit·ten; sit·ting.
verb (used with object), sat or (Archaic) sate; sat or (Archaic) sit·ten; sit·ting.
- to take a seat.
- to descend to a sitting position; alight.
- to take up a position, as to encamp or besiege: The military forces sat down at the approaches to the city.
- to attend or take part as a visitor or temporary participant: to sit in at a bridge game; to sit in for the band's regular pianist.
- to take part in a sit-in.
- to inquire into or deliberate over: A coroner's jury was called to sit on the case.
- Informal. to suppress; silence: They sat on the bad news as long as they could.
- Informal. to check or rebuke; squelch: I'll sit on him if he tries to interrupt me.
- to stay to the end of: Though bored, we sat out the play.
- to surpass in endurance: He sat out his tormentors.
- to keep one's seat during (a dance, competition, etc.); fail to participate in: We sat out all the Latin-American numbers.
- to rise from a supine to a sitting position.
- to delay the hour of retiring beyond the usual time.
- to sit upright; hold oneself erect.
- Informal. to become interested or astonished: We all sat up when the holiday was announced.
Origin of sit1
Definition for sate (5 of 5)
Origin of sit2
Examples from the Web for sate
If Kentucky gets by Kansas State, I think Wichita Sate can get bounced in the second round.ESPN’s Bracket Champion Shares His March Madness Secrets|Ben Teitelbaum|March 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Verdict: Not that original, but it will sate the appetite of vampire-starved fans.Fall-Winter TV Preview: Snap Judgments of 2013–14’s New Shows|Jace Lacob, Kevin Fallon|July 16, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Why wait a week to watch another episode when there are 108 more available and you can sate your hunger by just clicking away?‘House of Cards’: Should You Binge-Watch Netflix’s Political Drama?|Jace Lacob|February 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
We sate down by the road-side, and then went to Wytheburn water.
The giant grew weary of his burden, and sate down on the big stone to rest.English Fairy Tales|Flora Annie Steel
Then they rode into the Dale, and had a hearty welcome; there Kettle of the Mark met them, and there they sate two nights.The story of Burnt Njal|Anonymous
Wrote to William after dinner, worked in the garden, sate in the evening under the trees.
Nicias, poor honest man, might just as well have sate still; his speaking did but little good.The Miscellaneous Writings and Speeches of Lord Macaulay, Vol. 1 (of 4)|Thomas Babington Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for sate (1 of 4)
Word Origin for sate
British Dictionary definitions for sate (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for sate (3 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for sate (4 of 4)
verb sits, sitting or sat (mainly intr)
- to wait patiently; bide one's time
- to maintain one's position, stand, or opinion firmly
Word Origin for sit
Word Origin and History for sate (1 of 2)
"to satisfy, surfeit," c.1600, alteration (by influence of Latin satiare "satiate") of Middle English saden "become satiated; satiate," from Old English sadian "to satiate, fill; be sated, get wearied," from Proto-Germanic *sadon "to satisfy, sate," from root *sa- "to satisfy" (see sad (adj.)). Related: Sated; sating.
Word Origin and History for sate (1 of 2)
Old English sittan "to occupy a seat, be seated, sit down, seat oneself; remain, continue; settle, encamp, occupy; lie in wait; besiege" (class V strong verb; past tense sæt, past participle seten), from Proto-Germanic *setjan (cf. Old Saxon sittian, Old Norse sitja, Danish sidde, Old Frisian sitta, Middle Dutch sitten, Dutch zitten, Old High German sizzan, German sitzen, Gothic sitan), from PIE root *sed- (1) "to sit" (see sedentary).
With past tense sat, formerly also set, now restricted to dialect, and sate, now archaic; and past participle sat, formerly sitten. In reference to a legislative assembly, from 1510s. Meaning "to baby-sit" is recorded from 1966.
To sit back "be inactive" is from 1943. To sit on one's hands was originally "to withhold applause" (1926); later, "to do nothing" (1959). To sit around "be idle, do nothing" is 1915, American English. To sit out "not take part" is from 1650s. Sitting pretty is from 1916.
Idioms and Phrases with sate
In addition to the idioms beginning with sit
- sit at one's feet
- sit back
- sit bolt upright
- sit by
- sit down
- sit in
- sit on
- sit on one's hands
- sit out
- sit pretty
- sit through
- sit tight
- sit up
- sit well with
- at a sitting