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verb (used with object), sat·ed, sat·ing.
  1. to satisfy (any appetite or desire) fully.
  2. to fill to excess; surfeit; glut.
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Origin of sate

1595–1605; variant of obsolete sade to satiate, Old English sadian (akin to sad), perhaps influenced by satiate
Can be confusedsate satiate

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[sat, seyt]
verb Archaic.
  1. simple past tense and past participle of sit1.
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Related Words for sated

satiate, gratify, surfeit, glut, stuff, gorge, cloy, overfill, satisfy

Examples from the Web for sated

Contemporary Examples of sated

Historical Examples of sated

  • I am sated and wearied of luxury; sick of a gilded and glittering existence.

    A Day's Ride

    Charles James Lever

  • It sated our fear emotion and made, created a love-euphoria.

    Cogito, Ergo Sum

    John Foster West

  • This is to hasten to be filled with God, to be sated with Him.

  • Vengeance is sated to the full; a path is cut through the enemy.'

  • I suppose there are times when the human craving for sensation is sated.

British Dictionary definitions for sated


verb (tr)
  1. to satisfy (a desire or appetite) fully
  2. to supply beyond capacity or desire
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Word Origin for sate

Old English sadian; related to Old High German satōn; see sad, satiate


  1. archaic a past tense and past participle of sit
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Word Origin and History for sated



"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.

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