Definition of placate in English:

placate

Pronunciation /ˈpleɪkeɪt//ˈplakeɪt//pləˈkeɪt/

verb

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

    ‘they attempted to placate the students with promises’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I managed to placate both physician and parent by saying I would transport her to hospital myself.’
    • ‘He didn't want to argue so it was easier just to placate her until she went away.’
    • ‘Which are deserving and important welfare issues or just the easiest to pick on and likely to placate a few voters?’
    • ‘That is something that not only will placate the fans; it is a trait that delights their manager.’
    • ‘This seemed to placate her, and I finally won my release with a promise to pay next time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She said her colleague said she could not deal with him that day and was eventually able to placate him.’
    • ‘Take a saucer of milk to placate him and you might just escape unscathed.’
    • ‘Eventually, he is placated and leaves the scene.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the meantime they can placate their opponents on the left and reward their supporters in the state sector.’
    • ‘She eventually storms off into another part of the house and he follows in an attempt to placate her.’
    • ‘Such an answer cannot hope to placate the war's opponents, let alone satisfy the conspiracy theorists.’
    • ‘It took a lot to placate him but finally I did and promised I would print a correction and apology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It adopts no postures of phoney charms to placate its visitors.’
    appease, pacify, mollify, propitiate, assuage, calm down, soothe, humour, reconcile, disarm, win over, make peace with
    pacify, calm, calm down, appease, mollify, soothe, win over, quiet, conciliate, propitiate, make peace with, humour
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

placate

/ˈplakeɪt//pləˈkeɪt/