Definition of placate in US English:

placate

verb

[with object]
  • Make (someone) less angry or hostile.

    ‘they attempted to placate the students with promises’
    • ‘Which are deserving and important welfare issues or just the easiest to pick on and likely to placate a few voters?’
    • ‘She attempts to placate him by giving him something to eat, but he sets the food down behind him because it is too hot.’
    • ‘She eventually storms off into another part of the house and he follows in an attempt to placate her.’
    • ‘People think that if they can placate the violent persons in their midst, then they won't get hurt.’
    • ‘In the meantime they can placate their opponents on the left and reward their supporters in the state sector.’
    • ‘She said her colleague said she could not deal with him that day and was eventually able to placate him.’
    • ‘I managed to placate both physician and parent by saying I would transport her to hospital myself.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even though he and I didn't get along, I definitely did those things in order to placate the family.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This doesn't placate anyone or calm things down or keep order.’
    • ‘It placated my brother and me for hours, despite the chaos going on around us.’
    • ‘Eventually, he is placated and leaves the scene.’
    • ‘Take a saucer of milk to placate him and you might just escape unscathed.’
    • ‘It adopts no postures of phoney charms to placate its visitors.’
    • ‘He didn't want to argue so it was easier just to placate her until she went away.’
    • ‘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.’
    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

/ˈplākāt//ˈpleɪkeɪt/