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[si-deyt] /sɪˈdeɪt/
calm, quiet, or composed; undisturbed by passion or excitement:
a sedate party; a sedate horse.
verb (used with object), sedated, sedating.
to put (a person) under sedation.
Origin of sedate
1640-50; < Latin sēdātus (past participle of sēdāre to allay, quieten); akin to sedēre to sit1
Related forms
sedately, adverb
sedateness, noun
unsedate, adjective
unsedately, adverb
unsedateness, noun
1. collected, serene, unruffled, unperturbed. See staid. Unabridged
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  • They also had plenty of info, good spirit, and beer to keep us sedate.
  • sedate biographers are apt to regard such whims as unimportant.
  • Development may be moving at a more sedate pace for the time being.
  • They arrange for him to make his relatively sedate second video.
  • But the far from sedate satiric choreography kept them frantically gesticulating.
  • Piers were a marine version of the parkland walks at spas, sedate and quiet.
  • These relatively sedate offerings sometimes come from unlikely companies.
  • Since then, it has expanded at a more sedate rate and will continue to do so-literally for ever.
  • Even adherents of sedate sub-cults such as yoga are liable to have their limbs damagingly contorted by maverick instructors.
  • They also work as alluring yet sedate cover-ups beneath the jacket of a low-closing suit.
British Dictionary definitions for sedate


habitually calm and composed in manner; serene
staid, sober, or decorous
Derived Forms
sedately, adverb
sedateness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin sēdāre to soothe; related to sedēre to sit


(transitive) to administer a sedative to
Word Origin
C20: back formation from sedative
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Word Origin and History for sedate

"calm, quiet," 1660s, from Latin sedatus "composed, moderate, quiet, tranquil," past participle of sedare "to settle, calm," causative of sedere "to sit" (see sedentary). Related: Sedately.


"treat with sedatives," 1945, a back-formation from the noun derivative of sedative (adj.). The word also existed 17c. in a sense "make calm or quiet." Related: Sedated; sedating.

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sedate in Medicine

sedate se·date (sĭ-dāt')
v. se·dat·ed, se·dat·ing, se·dates
To administer a sedative to; calm or relieve by means of a sedative drug.

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