- The definition of sedate is a calm, reserved person.
An example of a sedate person is someone being very serious while giving an interview.
- Sedate is defined as to make calm or sleepy.
An example of to sedate is giving a person a tranquilizer.
Origin of sedateClassical Latin sedatus, past participle of sedare, to settle, causative of sedere, to sit
transitive verb-·dat′ed, -·dat′ing
- to dose with a sedative
- to make calm or sleepy
Origin of sedateback-formation from sedative
Origin of sedateLatin sēdātus past participle of sēdāre to settle, calm ; see sed- in Indo-European roots.
transitive verbse·dat·ed, se·dat·ing, se·dates
Origin of sedateBack-formation from sedative sedation
(comparative more sedate, superlative most sedate)
- in a composed and temperate state.
(third-person singular simple present sedates, present participle sedating, simple past and past participle sedated)
From Latin sedatum, past participle of sedare (“to settle"), causative of sedere (“to sit").