- 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.
- to put (a person) under sedation.
- habitually calm and composed in manner; serene
- staid, sober, or decorous
- (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.
- To administer a sedative to; calm or relieve by means of a sedative drug.