Definition of placate in English:

placate

Pronunciation /ˈpleɪkeɪt//pləˈkeɪt//ˈplakeɪt/

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Make (someone) less angry or hostile:

    ‘they attempted to placate the students with promises’
    • ‘She said her colleague said she could not deal with him that day and was eventually able to placate him.’
    • ‘This seemed to placate her, and I finally won my release with a promise to pay next time.’
    • ‘That is something that not only will placate the fans; it is a trait that delights their manager.’
    • ‘Eventually, he is placated and leaves the scene.’
    • ‘It adopts no postures of phoney charms to placate its visitors.’
    • ‘Such an answer cannot hope to placate the war's opponents, let alone satisfy the conspiracy theorists.’
    • ‘It placated my brother and me for hours, despite the chaos going on around us.’
    • ‘Even though he and I didn't get along, I definitely did those things in order to placate the family.’
    • ‘This doesn't placate anyone or calm things down or keep order.’
    • ‘Here's a picture from our visit to the Eden Project a couple of months ago to placate me for a little while.’
    • ‘Then out for a few drinks to appease that little drunken imp in my cranium, he was finally placated and I settled in for my first good sleep of 2005.’
    • ‘Which are deserving and important welfare issues or just the easiest to pick on and likely to placate a few voters?’
    • ‘In the meantime they can placate their opponents on the left and reward their supporters in the state sector.’
    • ‘She attempts to placate him by giving him something to eat, but he sets the food down behind him because it is too hot.’
    • ‘People think that if they can placate the violent persons in their midst, then they won't get hurt.’
    • ‘It took a lot to placate him but finally I did and promised I would print a correction and apology.’
    • ‘She eventually storms off into another part of the house and he follows in an attempt to placate her.’
    • ‘I managed to placate both physician and parent by saying I would transport her to hospital myself.’
    • ‘Take a saucer of milk to placate him and you might just escape unscathed.’
    • ‘He didn't want to argue so it was easier just to placate her until she went away.’
    appease, pacify, mollify, propitiate, assuage, calm down, soothe, humour, reconcile, disarm, win over, make peace with
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Origin

Late 17th century: from Latin placat- appeased, from the verb placare.

Pronunciation

placate

/pləˈkeɪt//ˈplakeɪt/