Sometimes you're so hungry you feel like you could eat a ten-course meal. Other times it takes just a small salad to sate your appetite, or to satisfy your hunger.

The verb sate comes from the Old English sadian, β€œto satiate,” and can be applied to any situation regarding the satisfaction of a need or an appetite. If you have been craving something sweet, your craving might be sated by a bag of jellybeans. However, if it seems like you can never get enough jellybeans, your appetite for sweets might be described as insatiable, a word used to describe a person or entity whose appetites β€” literally or figuratively β€” are impossible to satisfy.

Definitions of sate

v fill to satisfaction

“I am sated
fill, replete, satiate
cloy, pall
cause surfeit through excess though initially pleasing
Type of:
consume, have, ingest, take, take in
serve oneself to, or consume regularly

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