- Placate is defined as to soothe someone who is angry or upset by making concessions.
Buying a crying baby a stuffed animal at a store is an example of placate.
transitive verbpla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing, pla·cates
Origin of placateLatin plācāre, plācāt-, to calm; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
- pla′ca·to′ry , pla′ca′tive
(third-person singular simple present placates, present participle placating, simple past and past participle placated)
- (to calm): enrage
From Latin plācātus, past participle of plācō (“appease, placate”, literally “smooth, smoothen”), from Proto-Indo-European *plāk- (“smooth, flat”), from Proto-Indo-European *pele- (“broad, flat, plain”). Related to Latin placeō (“appease”), Old English flōh (“flat stone, chip”). More at please.