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

  • transitive v. To satisfy (an appetite) fully.
  • transitive v. To satisfy to excess.
  • v. Archaic A past tense of sit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. satay
  • v. To satisfy; fill up.
  • v. Simple past of sit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of sit.
  • transitive v. To satisfy the desire or appetite of; to satiate; to glut; to surfeit.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To fill full; glut; surfeit; satiate.
  • Synonyms Surfeit, etc. (see satisfy), glut, gorge.
  • n. An obsolete or archaic preterit of sit.

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

  • v. fill to satisfaction


Probably alteration of Middle English saden, from Old English sadian; see sā- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From earlier sate, sade ("to satiate, satisfy"), from Middle English saden ("to satisfy, become satiated"), from Old English sadian ("to satisfy, satiate, fill, be sated, become wearied"), from Proto-Germanic *sadōnan (“to satiate, become satisfied”), from Proto-Germanic *sadaz (“sated”), from Proto-Indo-European *sā- (“to satiate, be satisfied”). Cognate with Middle Low German saden, Middle High German saten ("to saturate, satisfy, satiate"), Icelandic seðja ("to satisfy"). More at sad. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English, from Old English sæt, first and third person singular preterite of sittan ("to sit"). (Wiktionary)
From Malay sate ("satay"). (Wiktionary)



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