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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 sate1

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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1. satiate, fill. 2. gorge, stuff.


[sat, seyt]
verb Archaic.
  1. simple past tense and past participle of sit1.
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or sa·tay, sa·té

  1. a Southeast Asian, especially Indonesian and Malaysian, dish of marinated, bite-size pieces of meat, skewered, barbecued, and usually served with a peanut-flavored dipping sauce.
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Origin of sate3

First recorded in 1930–35, sate is from the Malay word satay, sate
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Examples from the Web for sates

Historical Examples

  • Henceforth Egyptian civilization runs an uninspired and undeveloping course till the days of the Sates and the Ptolemies.

    History Of Egypt, Chalda, Syria, Babylonia, And Assyria In The Light Of Recent Discovery

    L.W. King and H.R. Hall

  • When we were gone, the ould people had more room, and they moved about on the sates we had left them.

    The Ned M'Keown Stories

    William Carleton

British Dictionary definitions for sates


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

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 sates



"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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