Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To allay the anger of, especially by making concessions; appease. synonym: pacify.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To appease or pacify; conciliate.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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  • verb transitive 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin plācāre, plācāt-, to calm; see plāk- in Indo-European roots.]

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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.

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  • PlACaTe

    May 2, 2008

  • PLAY-kate

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

    May 21, 2009

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

    July 31, 2014