Definition of placate in English:

placate

verb

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

    ‘they attempted to placate the students with promises’
    • ‘Even though he and I didn't get along, I definitely did those things in order to placate the family.’
    • ‘In the meantime they can placate their opponents on the left and reward their supporters in the state sector.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This doesn't placate anyone or calm things down or keep order.’
    • ‘It took a lot to placate him but finally I did and promised I would print a correction and apology.’
    • ‘That is something that not only will placate the fans; it is a trait that delights their manager.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Which are deserving and important welfare issues or just the easiest to pick on and likely to placate a few voters?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here's a picture from our visit to the Eden Project a couple of months ago to placate me for a little while.’
    • ‘He didn't want to argue so it was easier just to placate her until she went away.’
    • ‘Eventually, he is placated and leaves the scene.’
    • ‘It adopts no postures of phoney charms to placate its visitors.’
    • ‘It placated my brother and me for hours, despite the chaos going on around us.’
    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

/ˈpleɪkeɪt//ˈplākāt/