- calm, quiet, or composed; undisturbed by passion or excitement: a sedate party; a sedate horse.
- to put (a person) under sedation.
Origin of sedate
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Examples from the Web for sedate
It is unclear how Trierweiler came to the conclusion that the Élysée had allegedly been ordering the doctors to sedate her.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex
November 28, 2014
They are introduced; they call each other “Mr.” and “Miss”; they dance a sedate foxtrot.Adam Hochschild on Keeping Company With His Dying Father
June 14, 2014
He boasted of doing so much drugs that he had enough “running through my circulatory system to sedate Guatemala.”The Real Wolf of Wall Street: Jordan Belfort’s Vulgar Memoirs
December 20, 2013
I don't quite understand how a city can be so sedate and frenetic at the same time, but somehow Los Angeles manages it.On the Road, Old Bean: Two Brits Adventures in America
December 12, 2013
Where Citrus County felt like a coiled spring, the pace of A Million Heavens is sedate, diffused among a dozen or so characters.3 Must-Read Offbeat Novels: ‘A Million Heavens,’ ‘The Investigation,’ ‘Office Girl’
Drew Toal, Kevin Canfield, Daniel Roberts
July 6, 2012
I love to hear you talk, when you are so sedate as you seem now to be.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
I had been told that the English were cold and sedate: I found them charming and full of humour.My Double Life
We grew sedate; sedate were the brows of the few strangers we met.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Grave and sedate, as if knowing the sorrowful thoughts of his master.Poems
William D. Howells
The one servant of the house waited at table, prim, sedate, formal.Cleo The Magnificent
- habitually calm and composed in manner; serene
- staid, sober, or decorous
- (tr) to administer a sedative to
Word Origin and History for sedate
"calm, quiet," 1660s, from Latin sedatus "composed, moderate, quiet, tranquil," past participle of sedare "to settle, calm," causative of sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). Related: Sedately.
"treat with sedatives," 1945, a back-formation from the noun derivative of sedative (adj.). The word also existed 17c. in a sense "make calm or quiet." Related: Sedated; sedating.
- To administer a sedative to; calm or relieve by means of a sedative drug.