Sedate meaning

sĭ-dāt
The definition of sedate is a calm, reserved person.

An example of a sedate person is someone being very serious while giving an interview.

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Calm, quiet, or composed; esp., serious and unemotional; staid; decorous.
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To dose with a sedative.
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To make calm or sleepy.
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To administer a sedative to a person or animal; calm by means of a sedative drug.
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In a composed and temperate state.
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To tranquilize by giving a sedative; to calm; to soothe; to induce sleep.
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Sedate is defined as to make calm or sleepy.

An example of to sedate is giving a person a tranquilizer.

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Serenely deliberate, composed, and dignified in character or manner.
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To administer a sedative to (a person or animal); calm by means of a sedative drug.
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Origin of sedate

  • Latin sēdātus past participle of sēdāre to settle, calm sed- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Back-formation from sedative sedation

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin sedatum, past participle of sedare (“to settle"), causative of sedere (“to sit").

    From Wiktionary