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sedate

[ si-deyt ]
/ sɪˈdeɪt /
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adjective
calm, quiet, or composed; undisturbed by passion or excitement: a sedate party; a sedate horse.
verb (used with object), se·dat·ed, se·dat·ing.
to put (a person) under sedation.
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Origin of sedate

First recorded in 1640–50; <Latin sēdātus (past participle of sēdāre “to allay, quieten”); akin to sedēre “to sit”; see sit1

synonym study for sedate

1. See staid.

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British Dictionary definitions for sedate (1 of 2)

sedate1
/ (sɪˈdeɪt) /

adjective
habitually calm and composed in manner; serene
staid, sober, or decorous

Derived forms of sedate

sedately, adverbsedateness, noun

Word Origin for sedate

C17: from Latin sēdāre to soothe; related to sedēre to sit

British Dictionary definitions for sedate (2 of 2)

sedate2
/ (sɪˈdeɪt) /

verb
(tr) to administer a sedative to

Word Origin for sedate

C20: back formation from sedative
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Medical definitions for sedate

sedate
[ sĭ-dāt ]

v.
To administer a sedative to; calm or relieve by means of a sedative drug.
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