- 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.
placate definition by Webster's New World
placate definition by American Heritage Dictionary
transitive verb pla·cat·ed, pla·cat·ing, pla·cates
To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease. See Synonyms at pacify.
Origin: Latin plācāre, plācāt-, to calm; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
- plaˈcatˌer noun
- pla·caˈtion noun
- plaˈca·toˌry , plaˈcaˌtive adjective