Definition of placate verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

placate

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//pləˈkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪkeɪt//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they placate
BrE BrE//pləˈkeɪt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪkeɪt//
 
he / she / it placates
BrE BrE//pləˈkeɪts//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪkeɪts//
 
past simple placated
BrE BrE//pləˈkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪkeɪtɪd//
 
past participle placated
BrE BrE//pləˈkeɪtɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪkeɪtɪd//
 
-ing form placating
BrE BrE//pləˈkeɪtɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpleɪkeɪtɪŋ//
 
 
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placate somebody to make somebody feel less angry about something synonym pacify a placating smile The concessions did little to placate the students. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from Latin placat- ‘appeased’, from the verb placare.Extra examples They have placated the students with offers of extra tuition before the exams. measures designed to placate the demonstrators She saw the anger in his eyes and stepped forward with a placating smile.
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