1. calm, quiet, or composed; undisturbed by passion or excitement: a sedate party; a sedate horse.

verb (used with object), se·dat·ed, se·dat·ing.

  1. to put (a person) under sedation.


  1. habitually calm and composed in manner; serene
  2. staid, sober, or decorous


  1. (tr) to administer a sedative to

adj.“calm, quiet,” 1660s, from Latin sedatus “composed, moderate, quiet, tranquil,” past participle of sedare “to settle, calm,” causative of sedere “to sit” (see sedentary). Related: Sedately. v.“treat with sedatives,” 1945, a back-formation from the noun derivative of sedative (adj.). The word also existed 17c. in a sense “make calm or quiet.” Related: Sedated; sedating. v.

  1. To administer a sedative to; calm or relieve by means of a sedative drug.

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