Definition of placate in English:



  • 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.’
    • ‘Even though he and I didn't get along, I definitely did those things in order to placate the family.’
    • ‘She said her colleague said she could not deal with him that day and was eventually able to placate him.’
    • ‘She attempts to placate him by giving him something to eat, but he sets the food down behind him because it is too hot.’
    • ‘Take a saucer of milk to placate him and you might just escape unscathed.’
    • ‘People think that if they can placate the violent persons in their midst, then they won't get hurt.’
    • ‘She eventually storms off into another part of the house and he follows in an attempt to placate her.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here's a picture from our visit to the Eden Project a couple of months ago to placate me for a little while.’
    • ‘This seemed to placate her, and I finally won my release with a promise to pay next time.’
    • ‘It took a lot to placate him but finally I did and promised I would print a correction and apology.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the meantime they can placate their opponents on the left and reward their supporters in the state sector.’
    • ‘He didn't want to argue so it was easier just to placate her until she went away.’
    • ‘It adopts no postures of phoney charms to placate its visitors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Which are deserving and important welfare issues or just the easiest to pick on and likely to placate a few voters?’
    • ‘I managed to placate both physician and parent by saying I would transport her to hospital myself.’
    appease, pacify, mollify, propitiate, assuage, calm down, soothe, humour, reconcile, disarm, win over, make peace with
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Late 17th century: from Latin placat- appeased from the verb placare.