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se·date 1

Serenely deliberate, composed, and dignified in character or manner.

[Latin sēdātus, past participle of sēdāre, to settle, calm; see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

se·date′ly adv.
se·date′ness n.

se·date 2

tr.v. se·dat·ed, se·dat·ing, se·dates
To administer a sedative to (a person or animal); calm by means of a sedative drug.

[Back-formation from sedative and sedation.]
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1. habitually calm and composed in manner; serene
2. staid, sober, or decorous
[C17: from Latin sēdāre to soothe; related to sedēre to sit]
seˈdately adv
seˈdateness n


(Medicine) (tr) to administer a sedative to
[C20: back formation from sedative]
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adj., v. -dat•ed, -dat•ing. adj.
1. calm, quiet, or composed; undisturbed.
2. to put under sedation.
[1640–50; < Latin sēdātus, past participle of sēdāre to calm, allay; akin to sedēre to sit]
se•date′ly, adv.
se•date′ness, n.
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Past participle: sedated
Gerund: sedating

I sedate
you sedate
he/she/it sedates
we sedate
you sedate
they sedate
I sedated
you sedated
he/she/it sedated
we sedated
you sedated
they sedated
Present Continuous
I am sedating
you are sedating
he/she/it is sedating
we are sedating
you are sedating
they are sedating
Present Perfect
I have sedated
you have sedated
he/she/it has sedated
we have sedated
you have sedated
they have sedated
Past Continuous
I was sedating
you were sedating
he/she/it was sedating
we were sedating
you were sedating
they were sedating
Past Perfect
I had sedated
you had sedated
he/she/it had sedated
we had sedated
you had sedated
they had sedated
I will sedate
you will sedate
he/she/it will sedate
we will sedate
you will sedate
they will sedate
Future Perfect
I will have sedated
you will have sedated
he/she/it will have sedated
we will have sedated
you will have sedated
they will have sedated
Future Continuous
I will be sedating
you will be sedating
he/she/it will be sedating
we will be sedating
you will be sedating
they will be sedating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been sedating
you have been sedating
he/she/it has been sedating
we have been sedating
you have been sedating
they have been sedating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been sedating
you will have been sedating
he/she/it will have been sedating
we will have been sedating
you will have been sedating
they will have been sedating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been sedating
you had been sedating
he/she/it had been sedating
we had been sedating
you had been sedating
they had been sedating
I would sedate
you would sedate
he/she/it would sedate
we would sedate
you would sedate
they would sedate
Past Conditional
I would have sedated
you would have sedated
he/she/it would have sedated
we would have sedated
you would have sedated
they would have sedated
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.sedate - cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative tosedate - cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to; "The patient must be sedated before the operation"
affect - act physically on; have an effect upon; "the medicine affects my heart rate"
hypnotise, hypnotize, mesmerise, mesmerize - induce hypnosis in
energize, perk up, energise, stimulate, arouse, brace - cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
Adj.1.sedate - characterized by dignity and propriety
decorous - characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct; "the tete-a-tete was decorous in the extreme"
2.sedate - dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"
serious - concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities; "a serious student of history"; "a serious attempt to learn to ski"; "gave me a serious look"; "a serious young man"; "are you serious or joking?"; "Don't be so serious!"
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1. drug, knock out, dope, anaesthetize, tranquillize, put under sedation, give a sedative to The patient was sedated.
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Full of or marked by dignity and seriousness:
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رَزين، رَصينيُعْطي مُسَكِّنا
dát sedativumrozvážný
gefa róandi lyfhæglátur, alvörugefinn
cienīgsmierīgsnomierināt ar zālēmnosvērts
dať sedatívum
ağır başlısakinsakinleştirmek


A. ADJ (sedater (compar) (sedatest (superl))) → serio, formal
B. VT (Med) → sedar
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005


(= calm and dignified) [person] → posé(e)
(= unhurried) [pace] → modéré(e); [game] → sans relief
The car moved off at a sedate pace → La voiture s'éloigna à une allure modérée.
vt [+ patient] → donner des sédatifs à
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adj (+er)gesetzt; little girl, colourruhig; furnishings, décorgediegen; lifegeruhsam; placebeschaulich; partyruhig, gesittet; speedgemächlich; prosebedächtig; at a sedate pacein gemessenem Tempo; in a sedate mannerruhig, gemessen
vtBeruhigungsmittel geben (+dat), → sedieren (spec); he was heavily sedateder stand stark unter dem Einfluss von Beruhigungsmitteln
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1. adjposato/a, pacato/a
2. vt (Med) → somministrare sedativi a
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995


(siˈdeit) adjective
calm, serious and dignified. a sedate, middle-aged woman.
seˈdately adverb
seˈdateness noun


(siˈdeit) verb
to give a sedative. The doctor sedated her with some pills.
sedative (ˈsedətiv) noun, adjective
(a medicine, drug etc) having a soothing or calming effect. This medicine will have a sedative effect.
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vt sedar, tranquilizar
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References in classic literature ?
But one mark of a writer's greatness is that different minds can find in him different inspirations; and Professor Erlin, who hated the Prussians, gave his enthusiastic admiration to Goethe because his works, Olympian and sedate, offered the only refuge for a sane mind against the onslaughts of the present generation.
Her hair, thick and dark like her mother's, fell over her shoulders in fine profusion, and she had the same kindly expression and sedate, untroubled eyes.
Always of a sedate, taciturn disposition, he now fell into so deep a dejection that nothing could hold his attention, yet anything--a footfall, the sudden closing of a door--aroused in him a fitful interest; one might have called it an apprehension.
When she sat on her splendid emerald throne in the great Throne Room of her palace and made laws and settled disputes and tried to keep all her subjects happy and contented, she was as dignified and demure as any queen might be; but when she had thrown aside her jeweled robe of state and her sceptre, and had retired to her private apartments, the girl-- joyous, light-hearted and free--replaced the sedate Ruler.
All three were equally new, but numbers one and two were curtained and sedate, with a human, sociable look to them; while number three, with yawning door and unkempt garden, had apparently only just received its furniture and made itself ready for its occupants.
When occasions present themselves, in which the interests of the people are at variance with their inclinations, it is the duty of the persons whom they have appointed to be the guardians of those interests, to withstand the temporary delusion, in order to give them time and opportunity for more cool and sedate reflection.
Admit, for so is the fact, that this plan is only RECOMMENDED, not imposed, yet let it be remembered that it is neither recommended to BLIND approbation, nor to BLIND reprobation; but to that sedate and candid consideration which the magnitude and importance of the subject demand, and which it certainly ought to receive.
Back of the bars appeared the face of a white rabbit--a very sober and sedate face--with an eye-glass held in his left eye and attached to a cord in his button-hole.
Michael possessed no trace of hysteria, though he was more temperamentally excitable and explosive than his blood-brother Jerry, while his father and mother were a sedate old couple indeed compared with him.
On the way home the children felt that something solemn had happened, and were very sedate.
Whosoever has observed that sedate and clerical bird, the rook, may perhaps have noticed that when he wings his way homeward towards nightfall, in a sedate and clerical company, two rooks will suddenly detach themselves from the rest, will retrace their flight for some distance, and will there poise and linger; conveying to mere men the fancy that it is of some occult importance to the body politic, that this artful couple should pretend to have renounced connection with it.
Its pendulum swung to and fro with a dull, heavy, monotonous clang; and when the minute-hand made the circuit of the face, and the hour was to be stricken, there came from the brazen lungs of the clock a sound which was clear and loud and deep and exceedingly musical, but of so peculiar a note and emphasis that, at each lapse of an hour, the musicians of the orchestra were constrained to pause, momentarily, in their performance, to harken to the sound; and thus the waltzers perforce ceased their evolutions; and there was a brief disconcert of the whole gay company; and, while the chimes of the clock yet rang, it was observed that the giddiest grew pale, and the more aged and sedate passed their hands over their brows as if in confused revery or meditation.