I'm studying GRE vocabulary, and there are these two words "sate" and "satiate". I couldn't determine whether they are interchangeable or have nuance. As a foreigner I really couldn't tell. Can somebody explain a little bit? Thanks in advance!

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    @AleksandrH and also, words with same definition or synonyms sometimes do have nuance that you can't simply get from the dictionary. – Elvin Apr 20 '17 at 16:24
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    These graphs may be of interest: sated vs satiated and sate vs satiate – Jim Apr 20 '17 at 18:21
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    I actually think there is a sublte difference in when you would use one over the other even though I agree they mean the same thing. It might have more to do with the final state of "satiation" and where the process of "getting sated" would favor satiating while the act at a definite time would favor sated. But.. seems like people will not agree with me at all on that .. so perhaps I am wrong. – Tom22 Apr 20 '17 at 18:40
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    I think this is actually a good question. There are subtle differences between how they are used. Probably because "satiate" has the explicit verbal ending "ate" so it feels more transitive. However, it is never incorrect to use one in place of the other. – Colin May 5 '17 at 4:57

They're synonyms. I don't think there's a shade of difference between them.

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