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sedate

se·date

sedate

 
 
pronunciation:
sih deIt
parts of speech:
adjective, transitive verb
features:
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: composed and dignified.
The bride's father is normally a boisterous character, but he was quite sedate throughout the wedding today.
synonyms:
calm, collected, composed, impassive, sober, tranquil
antonyms:
agitated, boisterous, emotional, unrestrained
similar words:
cool, even-tempered, imperturbable, level, placid, self-possessed, serene, serious, still, unruffled
definition 2: slow-paced.
The coffin is borne to the burial ground in a sedate procession.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: sedated, sedates, sedating
definition: to give a drug to so as to tranquilize or cause a sleeping state.
The patient was sedated before she was brought into the operating room.The veterinarian sedated the lion so that it could be tagged with a radio collar.
synonyms:
tranquilize
similar words:
calm, drug, medicate, narcotize, opiate, stupefy
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derivations: sedately (adv.), sedateness (n.)