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Definition of "sedate" [se•date]

  • Serenely deliberate, composed, and dignified in character or manner. See Synonyms at serious. (adjective)
  • To administer a sedative to; calm or relieve by means of a sedative drug. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "sedate" in a sentence
  • "The town could be described as "sedate", and McFallow was in the business of sedation."
  • "Today those young men gathered under the tutelage of their fathers and grandfathers in sedate quiet as the fights began."
  • "They were supposed to quietly live out their lives in sedate seclusion."