Sedate means to be calm, but if a doctor sedates you it means you've been administered a tranquilizing drug. Most surgeries require some form of sedation, but to be sedate in day-to-day life means composed, quiet, and serene. Not necessarily unconscious.

To be sedate when dining with the Queen means that you behaved with dignity and solemnity. To be sedated when dining with the Queen means that you were face down in the bread pudding and drooling onto the tablecloth. The medical sense of the word is to be tranquilized, either to calm your nerves after a shock or in preparation for surgery. Socially, to be sedate is to be serene, quiet, and composed.

Definitions of sedate
  1. adjective
    characterized by dignity and propriety
    synonyms: staid
    characterized by propriety and dignity and good taste in manners and conduct
  2. adjective
    dignified and somber in manner or character and committed to keeping promises
    “a quiet sedate nature”
    synonyms: grave, sober, solemn
    concerned with work or important matters rather than play or trivialities
  3. verb
    cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to
    “The patient must be sedated before the operation”
    synonyms: calm, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
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    arouse, brace, energise, energize, perk up, stimulate
    cause to be alert and energetic
    hypnotise, hypnotize, mesmerise, mesmerize
    induce hypnosis in
    entrance, spellbind
    put into a trance
    type of:
    act physically on; have an effect upon
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