[soh-tey, saw-]
cooked or browned in a pan containing a small quantity of butter, oil, or other fat.
verb (used with object), sautéed [soh-teyd, saw-] , sautéing [soh-tey-ing, saw-] .
to cook in a small amount of fat; pan-fry.
a dish of sautéed food.

1805–15; < French, past participle of sauter to jump (causative: to toss) < Latin saltāre, frequentative of salīre to jump Unabridged
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sauté (ˈsəʊteɪ)
vb , -tés, -téing, -téeing, -téed
1.  to fry (food) quickly in a little fat
2.  a dish of sautéed food, esp meat that is browned and then cooked in a sauce
3.  sautéed until lightly brown: sauté potatoes
[C19: from French: tossed, from sauter to jump, from Latin saltāre to dance, from salīre to spring]

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Word Origin & History

1813, from Fr. sauté, lit. "jumped, bounced" (in reference to tossing while cooking), pp. of sauter "to jump," from L. saltare "to hop, dance," freq. of salire "to leap" (see salient).
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Example sentences
Another couple served up sauteed asparagus and pear with gruyere.
Yet at every meal crisp little sauteed cubes would be served.
Pea shoots can be used raw, or sauteed briefly so they're still crisp.
The restaurant also offers several steamed meats and vegetables, as well as
  sauteed meat and vegetable combinations.
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