- The definition of appease is to pacify or quiet someone by giving them what they want.
An example is that a mother might give her child a lollipop to appease him after listening to him beg for hours.
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transitive verb ap·peased, ap·peas·ing, ap·peas·es
- To bring peace, quiet, or calm to; soothe.
- To satisfy or relieve: appease one's thirst.
- To pacify or attempt to pacify (an enemy) by granting concessions, often at the expense of principle. See Synonyms at pacify.
Origin: Middle English appesen, from Old French apesier : a-, to (from Latin ad-; see ad-) + pais, peace (from Latin pāx; see pag- in Indo-European roots).
- ap·peasˈa·ble adjective
- ap·peasˈa·bly adverb
- ap·peasˈer noun