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Syllabification: se·date
Pronunciation: /səˈdāt
 
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adjective

1Calm, dignified, and unhurried: in the old days, business was carried on at a rather more sedate pace
More example sentences
  • Tullow Street may look calm and sedate most mid week days but come the weekends it is an entirely different place.
  • This does not reflect well on the sedate, calm and collected gentleman that I hallucinated myself to be.
  • The old rock-and-lava ball had built up a nice ozone shield under which life could evolve at a properly sedate pace.
Synonyms
slow, steady, dignified, unhurried, relaxed, measured, leisurely, slow-moving, easy, easygoing, gentle
calm, placid, tranquil, quiet, uneventful;
boring, dull
1.1Quiet and rather dull: sedate suburban domesticity
More example sentences
  • But all this makes it rather quieter, and more sedate, and a perfect place for stage two.
  • She looked out the front window at the street below them, which appeared deceptively quiet and sedate as a cart rolled by innocently.
  • If you haven't figured it yet, this is an elegy to my city's once quiet, sedate, pleasant city roads, a haven for motorists.

Origin

late Middle English (originally as a medical term meaning 'not sore or painful', also 'calm, tranquil'): from Latin sedatus, past participle of sedare 'settle', from sedere 'sit'.

Derivatives

sedately

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • I managed to do the dishes before I sedately walked to the bath.
  • In Tbilisi, however, they do things somewhat more sedately.
  • I took a deep breath, turned on my turn-signal, made an easy right turn, and sedately left the neighborhood.

sedateness

2
noun
Example sentences
  • He has always impressed with the sedateness of his craft; invariably his films are like life in slow motion.
  • But earlier this year the sedateness was violently disturbed when a gas tanker was deliberately driven into the walls.
  • If they view the sedateness of the native culture with a skeptical eye, they can also be grateful for it.

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Syllabification: se·date
Pronunciation: /səˈdāt
 
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verb

[with object]
Calm (someone) or make them sleep by administering a sedative drug: she was heavily sedated
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  • His lawyers also claimed that he was heavily sedated with antipsychotic drugs during his trial.
  • The anesthesia care provider then further sedates the patient intravenously.
  • I have no recollection of the actual event, or the following week during which I was heavily sedated.
Synonyms
tranquilize, put under sedation, drug

Origin

1960s: back-formation from sedation.

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