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 offended by being nice to them or by giving them what they want

Efforts to placate local government officials have thus far failed.

a placating gesture

Derived word:
UK [pləˈkeɪt(ə)rɪ] / US [pleɪˈkeɪˌtɔrɪ] adjective

a placatory gesture

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  • 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

  • Placate — Plac ate, n. Same as {Placard}, 4 & 5. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

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