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VERB (1)

1. cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to;
- Example: "The patient must be sedated before the operation"
[syn: sedate, calm, tranquilize, tranquillize, tranquillise]


ADJECTIVE (2)

1. characterized by dignity and propriety;
[syn: sedate, staid]

2. dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises;
- Example: "a grave God-fearing man"
- Example: "a quiet sedate nature"
- Example: "as sober as a judge"
- Example: "a solemn promise"
- Example: "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence"
[syn: grave, sedate, sober, solemn]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Sedate \Se*date"\, a. [L. sedatus, p. p. of sedare, sedatum, to allay, calm, causative of sedere to sit. See Sit.] Undisturbed by passion or caprice; calm; tranquil; serene; not passionate or giddy; composed; staid; as, a sedate soul, mind, or temper. [1913 Webster] Disputation carries away the mind from that calm and sedate temper which is so necessary to contemplate truth. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster] Whatsoever we feel and know Too sedate for outward show. --Wordsworth. [1913 Webster] Syn: Settled; composed; calm; quiet; tranquil; still; serene; unruffled; undisturbed; contemplative; sober; serious. [1913 Webster] -- Se*date"ly, adv. -- Se*date"ness, n. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

sedate adj 1: characterized by dignity and propriety [syn: sedate, staid] 2: dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises; "a grave God-fearing man"; "a quiet sedate nature"; "as sober as a judge"; "a solemn promise"; "the judge was solemn as he pronounced sentence" [syn: grave, sedate, sober, solemn] v 1: cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to; "The patient must be sedated before the operation" [syn: sedate, calm, tranquilize, tranquillize, tranquillise] [ant: arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up, stimulate]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

84 Moby Thesaurus words for "sedate": anesthetize, aristocratic, august, calm, collected, composed, controlled, conventional, cool, courtly, decorous, demure, detached, dignified, dispassionate, dope, drug, earnest, entrance, even-tempered, formal, frowning, fussy, grand, grave, grim, grim-faced, grim-visaged, hypnotize, imperturbable, imposing, kingly, long-faced, lordly, lull to sleep, magisterial, magnetize, majestic, mesmerize, moderate, narcotize, no-nonsense, noble, old-fashioned, peaceful, placid, prim, princely, proper, prudish, put to sleep, put under, queenly, refined, regal, rock to sleep, royal, seemly, serene, serious, sober, sober-minded, sobersided, solemn, somber, staid, stately, statuesque, stiff, stone-faced, straight-faced, strait-laced, temperate, thoughtful, trance, tranquil, undisturbed, unflappable, unperturbed, unruffled, unsmiling, venerable, weighty, worthy