Definitions for placateˈpleɪ keɪt, ˈplæk eɪt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pla•cateˈpleɪ keɪt, ˈplæk eɪt(v.t.)-cat•ed, -cat•ing.

  1. to appease or pacify, esp. by concessions.

Origin of placate:

1670–80; < L plācātus, ptp. of plācāre to quiet, calm, appease, akin to placēre to please ; see -ate1

pla′ca•tive-ˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)

pla′ca•to`ry-ˌtɔr i, -ˌtoʊr i(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pacify, lenify, conciliate, assuage, appease, mollify, placate, gentle, gruntle(verb)

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

    "She managed to mollify the angry customer"


  1. placate(Verb)

    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.

  2. Origin: From Latin placatus, past participle of placo, from plāk-, from pele-. Related to placeo, floh. More at please.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Placate(noun)

    same as Placard, 4 & 5

  2. Placate(verb)

    to appease; to pacify; to concilate

Translations for placate

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to stop (an angry person) feeling angry

He placated her with an apology.

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