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Definition of sedate adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sedate

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//sɪˈdeɪt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sɪˈdeɪt//
     
    [usually before noun]
     
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  1. 1slow, calm and relaxed synonym unhurried We followed the youngsters at a more sedate pace.
  2. 2quiet, especially in a way that lacks excitement a sedate country town a sedate family occasion
  3. 3(of a person) quiet and serious in a way that seems formal a sedate, sober man
  4. Word Originadjective late Middle English (originally as a medical term meaning ‘not sore or painful’, also ‘calm, tranquil’): from Latin sedatus, past participle of sedare ‘settle’, from sedere ‘sit’.
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