Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease. See Synonyms at pacify.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as placard, 4 & 5.
  • transitive v. To appease; to pacify; to concilate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To appease or pacify; conciliate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

Etymologies

Latin plācāre, plācāt-, to calm; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin plācātus, past participle of plācō ("appease, placate", literally "smooth, smoothen"), from Proto-Indo-European *plāk- (“smooth, flat”), from Proto-Indo-European *pele- (“broad, flat, plain”). Related to Latin placeō ("appease"), Old English flōh ("flat stone, chip"). More at please. (Wiktionary)

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  • My friend tried to placate me of losing money in shares by saying that it a good learning experience

    July 31, 2014

  • PLAY-kate

    ex.- After the injections, the nurse placated the toddler by giving him a lollipop.

    May 21, 2009

  • PlACaTe

    May 2, 2008