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[seyt] /seɪt/
verb (used with object), sated, sating.
to satisfy (any appetite or desire) fully.
to fill to excess; surfeit; glut.
Origin of sate1
1595-1605; variant of obsolete sade to satiate, Old English sadian (akin to sad), perhaps influenced by satiate
Can be confused
sate, satiate.
1. satiate, fill. 2. gorge, stuff.


[sat, seyt] /sæt, seɪt/
verb, Archaic.
simple past tense and past participle of sit. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sated
  • After two hours of such tidbits the palate is sated.
  • Matters will deteriorate because the demand for travel is nowhere near to being sated.
  • Another source of evidence about ancient hunting is what sated hunters have left behind.
  • One leaves the theater feeling more manipulated than intellectually sated.
  • But its hunger for foreign investors has been sated.
  • Meals that would have sated them previously now left them extremely hungry.
  • What remains is a niche market for the curious and sated.
  • In contrast, the poorly fed rat will expect little nutrition from its environment, and will feel sated.
  • In a time less sated with scandal, many of these might have made headlines on their own account.
  • It's a ripping adventure yarn, but one leaves it with a bit of the empty, popcorn-sated feeling of a double-cross adventure flick.
British Dictionary definitions for sated


verb (transitive)
to satisfy (a desire or appetite) fully
to supply beyond capacity or desire
Word Origin
Old English sadian; related to Old High German satōn; see sad, satiate


/sæt; seɪt/
(archaic) a past tense and past participle of sit
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Word Origin and History for sated



"to satisfy, surfeit," c.1600, alteration (by influence of Latin satiare "satiate") of Middle English saden "become satiated; satiate," from Old English sadian "to satiate, fill; be sated, get wearied," from Proto-Germanic *sadon "to satisfy, sate," from root *sa- "to satisfy" (see sad (adj.)). Related: Sated; sating.

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