placate

  • 1 Placate — Pla cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Placated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Placating}.] [L. placatus, p. p. of placare to placate, akin to placere to please. See {Please}.] To appease; to pacify; to concilate. Therefore is he always propitiated and placated.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Placate — Plac ate, n. Same as {Placard}, 4 & 5. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 placate — I verb allay, appease, assuage, bring to terms, calm, conciliate, disarm, dulcify, heal the breach, humor, hush, make peace, mollify, pacificate, pacify, patch up a quarrel, placare, please, propitiate, quiet, reconcile, restore harmony, salve,… …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 placate — (v.) mid 15c., from L. placatus, pp. of placare to calm, appease, related to placere (see PLEASE (Cf. please)). Related: Placated; placating; placatingly …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 5 placate — vb *pacify, appease, mollify, propitiate, conciliate Antonyms: enrage Contrasted words: *anger, infuriate, incense, madden: *stir, arouse, rouse: *provoke, excite, stimulate, pique …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 6 placate — [v] soothe, pacify appease, assuage, calm, cheer, comfort, conciliate, humor, make peace*, make up*, mollify, pacify, play up to*, pour oil on*, propitiate, reconcile, satisfy, softpedal*, soothe, stroke*, sweeten, tranquilize, win over*;… …

    New thesaurus

  • 7 placate — ► VERB ▪ make less angry or hostile: calm or appease. DERIVATIVES placatory adjective. ORIGIN Latin placare …

    English terms dictionary

  • 8 placate — [plā′kāt΄, plā kāt′; ] also [ plak′āt΄] vt. placated, placating [< L placatus, pp. of placare, to appease: see PLEASE] to stop from being angry; appease SYN. PACIFY placater n. placation n. placative [plā′kāt΄iv, plā′kətiv; plak′āt΄iv] adj.… …

    English World dictionary

  • 9 placate — UK [pləˈkeɪt] / US [ˈpleɪkeɪt] verb [transitive] Word forms placate : present tense I/you/we/they placate he/she/it placates present participle placating past tense placated past participle placated formal to stop someone feeling angry or… …

    English dictionary

  • 10 placate — [[t]pləke͟ɪt, AM ple͟ɪkeɪt[/t]] placates, placating, placated VERB If you placate someone, you do or say something to make them stop feeling angry. [FORMAL] [V n] He smiled, and made a gesture intended to placate me... [V ing] I didn t mean to… …

    English dictionary

  • 11 placate — placate1 placater, n. placation /play kay sheuhn/, n. /play kayt, plak ayt/, v.t., placated, placating. to appease or pacify, esp. by concessions or conciliatory gestures: to placate an outraged citizenry. [1670 80; < L placatus ptp. of placare… …

    Universalium

  • 12 placate — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. soothe, quiet; pacify, conciliate; satisfy, give satisfaction, make it up; butter up, rub the right way. See pacification, flattery. II (Roget s IV) v. Syn. pacify, mollify, appease; see pacify 1 ,… …

    English dictionary for students

  • 13 placate — pla|cate [pləˈkeıt US ˈpleıkeıt] v [T] formal [Date: 1600 1700; : Latin; Origin: , past participle of placare] to make someone stop feeling angry = ↑appease ▪ These changes did little to placate the unions. >placatory [pləˈkeıtəri, ˈplækətəri… …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 14 placate — pla|cate [ pleıkeıt ] verb transitive FORMAL to stop someone from feeling angry or offended by being nice to them or giving them what they want: PACIFY: Efforts to placate local government officials have thus far failed. ╾ pla|ca|to|ry [… …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 15 placate — verb (T) formal to make someone stop feeling angry; appease: I tried to placate her by offering to pay for the repairs. placatory, adverb: placatory words placation noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 16 placate — verb John did his best to placate her Syn: pacify, calm, appease, mollify, soothe, win over, conciliate, propitiate, make peace with, humor See note at pacify Ant: provoke …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 17 placate — transitive verb (placated; placating) Etymology: Latin placatus, past participle of placare more at please Date: 1678 to soothe or mollify especially by concessions ; appease Synonyms: see pacify • placater noun • placatingly adv …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 18 placate — verb /pləˈkeɪt,pleɪˈkeɪt,ˈpleɪkeɪt,pleɪˈkeɪt/ To calm; to bring peace to; to influence someone who was furious to the point that he or she becomes content or at least no longer irate. Syn: appease, mollify, satisfy …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 placate — Synonyms and related words: allay, appease, assuage, calm, comfort, conciliate, cool, defuse, dulcify, lay, lay the dust, mollify, pacify, pour balm on, propitiate, smooth, smooth down, smooth over, soothe, sweeten, tranquilize …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 20 placate — see PLEASE …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins