Main definitions of sedate in English

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sedate1

adjective

  • 1Calm, dignified, and unhurried.

    ‘in the old days, business was carried on at a rather more sedate pace’
    • ‘Barnsley batted first and looked composed, if a little sedate, in reaching 25 off 14 tidy overs from Duncan Snell and Rob Flack.’
    • ‘And I spent the last twenty minutes of the exam writing at a fairly sedate rate.’
    • ‘Flitting between two worlds, constantly joining up and linking two experiences, this books travels at a sedate pace to its conclusion.’
    • ‘Much like draining a bathtub, going down in a lock is fairly sedate.’
    • ‘Entering the congestion of the pueblo, the Freeman slowed the team to a more sedate pace and studied her closely.’
    • ‘Thus far into the interview the pace has been sedate, almost jovial.’
    • ‘There are a number of orchestras here which also remind us of those days when everything was calmer and more sedate.’
    • ‘He followed her at a more sedate pace that was faster than it seemed.’
    • ‘The book world is swayed by fads, too, though at much more sedate pace compared to the clothing business.’
    • ‘But how often does one see a youngster moving on a scooterette at a sedate pace, between 42 and 50 kmph?’
    • ‘After the baptism of fire that was the Border, Christy found the pace of policing in Westport a little more sedate.’
    • ‘I'd intended to be mature and sedate and demure and just wistfully watch the young guests from afar.’
    • ‘As she drew near the room, Morgan slowed her pace to a much more sedate walk.’
    • ‘Got the ticket and set out on the road again at a very sedate pace and being very careful with my driving.’
    • ‘The Op. 71 and Op. 74 were composed in 1793 during a relatively sedate period in Vienna.’
    • ‘I followed it down at a more sedate pace to the jeers of my mates.’
    • ‘Tullow Street may look calm and sedate most mid week days but come the weekends it is an entirely different place.’
    • ‘Lucas followed behind at a more sedate pace, and neither looked happy.’
    • ‘This does not reflect well on the sedate, calm and collected gentleman that I hallucinated myself to be.’
    • ‘The old rock-and-lava ball had built up a nice ozone shield under which life could evolve at a properly sedate pace.’
    calm, tranquil, placid, composed, serene, steady, unruffled, imperturbable, unflappable
    slow, unhurried, relaxed, leisurely, unrushed, slow-moving, slow-going, slow and steady, easy, easy-going, gentle, comfortable, restful, undemanding, lazy, languid, languorous, plodding, dawdling, leisured, measured, steady
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    1. 1.1Quiet and rather dull.
      ‘sedate suburban domesticity’
      • ‘If you haven't figured it yet, this is an elegy to my city's once quiet, sedate, pleasant city roads, a haven for motorists.’
      • ‘Smith's case had brought unusual drama to the normally sedate high court.’
      • ‘Compared with the cricket, they were all rather sedate.’
      • ‘Village cricket isn't the dull, sedate affair for which I had dismissed it.’
      • ‘Organizer Richard MacKinnon admits that the crowd is still fairly sedate and lacks diversity.’
      • ‘Boxing day has also been a relatively sedate affair (so far).’
      • ‘Being a sedate and sombre brunette could get boring eventually.’
      • ‘I'm a bit sedate, perhaps staid in the eyes of others.’
      • ‘The world of biblical interpretation is a calm and sedate world.’
      • ‘For not having won a title since 1917, the celebration was relatively sedate.’
      • ‘She looked out the front window at the street below them, which appeared deceptively quiet and sedate as a cart rolled by innocently.’
      • ‘I would wager that when our defence minister made fun of you, Elsie, he was wearing a boring black or blue suit and a sedate tie.’
      • ‘Others prefer a quieter, more sedate setting in Burras Lane or Birdcage Walk.’
      • ‘In Britain, political activists have taken a rather more sedate approach.’
      • ‘The neighborhood was sedate and quiet as all the inhabitants were at work.’
      • ‘The normally sedate hamlet now resembles the set of Robocop.’
      • ‘But all this makes it rather quieter, and more sedate, and a perfect place for stage two.’
      • ‘The company has gone for a rather sedate slate grey casing leaving brash corporate silver behind.’
      • ‘I'm a member of the House of Lords, which is very much more sedate and dignified than the House of Commons.’

Origin

Late Middle English (originally as a medical term meaning not sore or painful also calm, tranquil): from Latin sedatus, past participle of sedare settle from sedere sit.

Pronunciation:

sedate

/səˈdāt/

Main definitions of sedate in English

: sedate1sedate2

sedate2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • Calm (someone) or make them sleep by administering a sedative drug.

    ‘she was heavily sedated’
    • ‘I was treated very well in hospital, I was sedated that first night, and we basically went from there.’
    • ‘If it is less traumatic for the patient, these activities are performed after the patient is sedated.’
    • ‘Establish a baseline of sensorium and cognitive function before sedating the patient.’
    • ‘After the patient is properly sedated perform the orotracheal procedure.’
    • ‘Combined with that, we give a combination of a valium-type drug and an intravenous anaesthetic agent to sedate you during the process.’
    • ‘The couple sat by the bedside of their heavily sedated son and explained to him what they were thinking of doing.’
    • ‘The anesthesia care provider then further sedates the patient intravenously.’
    • ‘The procedure generally involves sedating your child.’
    • ‘She was heavily sedated but she couldn't even open her eyes for the first few days.’
    • ‘The anesthesia care provider sedates the patient to achieve an appropriate monitored anesthesia care level.’
    • ‘The person is sedated and should not eat or drink for a few hours before the procedure.’
    • ‘Patients with obstructive sleep apnea should avoid alcohol and other sedating agents.’
    • ‘He was taken to the Great Western Hospital where he was sedated and treated for head injuries.’
    • ‘Once it catches your attention, television sedates you like a drug.’
    • ‘She said her mother was heavily sedated as part of her treatment and needed to be tied into her chair to stop her falling.’
    • ‘In fact, I now get requests to stop morphine because it is sedating the patient too much, even when the patient does have pain.’
    • ‘Muscle relaxants such as cyclobenzaprine or diazepam work mostly by sedating patients and preventing activity.’
    • ‘I have no recollection of the actual event, or the following week during which I was heavily sedated.’
    • ‘His lawyers also claimed that he was heavily sedated with antipsychotic drugs during his trial.’
    • ‘The researchers at first tried to deliver the gene therapy while the patients were sedated but awake.’
    tranquillize, give a sedative to, put under sedation, calm down, quieten, pacify, soothe, relax, dope, drug, administer drugs to, administer narcotics to, administer opiates to, knock out, anaesthetize
    stupefy
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Origin

1960s: back-formation from sedation.

Pronunciation:

sedate

/səˈdāt/