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[v. sey-shee-eyt; adj. sey-shee-it, -eyt] /v. ˈseɪ ʃiˌeɪt; adj. ˈseɪ ʃi ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
verb (used with object), satiated, satiating.
to supply with anything to excess, so as to disgust or weary; surfeit.
to satisfy to the full; sate.
Origin of satiate
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English (adj.) < Latin satiātus (past participle of satiāre to satisfy), equivalent to sati-enough (akin to sad) + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
satiation, noun
nonsatiation, noun
unsatiating, adjective
Can be confused
sate, satiate.
1. glut, stuff, gorge. Unabridged
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  • He seeks those things that satisfy the senses, he attempts the satiation of the lower cravings.

    Rudolph Eucken Abel J. Jones
  • The only ambition of this great powerful frame was to do nothing, to grovel in idleness and satiation from hour to hour.

    Therese Raquin Emile Zola
  • The strained cells, filled to satiation, were given more and more food.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • To work for any other end than satiation, it is necessary that man should feel wants beyond the want created by mere hunger.

  • Delicacies of fish and flesh and hitherto unheard-of fruits were served up to me to satiation.

    The Portal of Dreams Charles Neville Buck
  • The promise of satiation, of inevitability, steeped his being in a pleasant lethargy.

    Cytherea Joseph Hergesheimer
  • Somewhat nettled she showed displeasure, charged him with the fickleness of satiation.

    Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House) James S. De Benneville
British Dictionary definitions for satiation


verb (transitive)
to fill or supply beyond capacity or desire, often arousing weariness
to supply to satisfaction or capacity
Derived Forms
satiation, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin satiāre to satisfy, from satis enough
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Word Origin and History for satiation

1630s, noun of action from satiate (v.).



mid-15c., from Latin satiatus, past participle of satiare "fill full, satisfy," from satis "enough," from PIE root *sa- "to satisfy" (cf. Gothic saþs "satiated," Old English sæd "satisfied;" see sad). Related: Satiated; satiating.

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satiation in Medicine

satiation sa·ti·a·tion (sā'shē-ā'shən)
The state produced by having had a specific need, such as hunger or thirst, fulfilled.

sa'ti·ate' v.
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