- 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.
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transitive verb pla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing, pla·cates
Origin: Latin plācāre, plācāt-, to calm; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
- plaˈcatˌer noun
- pla·caˈtion noun
- plaˈca·toˌry , plaˈcaˌtive adjective