quieten
verb (quietened; quietening) Date: circa 1828 chiefly British quiet

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  • quieten — ► VERB chiefly Brit. ▪ make or become quiet and calm …   English terms dictionary

  • quieten — [kwī′ət n] vt., vi. [ QUIET + EN] Brit. to make or become quiet …   English World dictionary

  • quieten — [[t]kwa͟ɪ͟ət(ə)n[/t]] quietens, quietening, quietened 1) V ERG If you quieten someone or something, or if they quieten, you make them become less noisy, less active, or silent. [mainly BRIT] [V n] She tried to quieten her breathing... A man… …   English dictionary

  • quieten — UK [ˈkwaɪət(ə)n] / US verb [intransitive/transitive] Word forms quieten : present tense I/you/we/they quieten he/she/it quietens present participle quietening past tense quietened past participle quietened 1) quieten or quieten down to become… …   English dictionary

  • quieten — qui|et|en [ˈkwaıətn] v BrE quiet AmE 1.) [I and T] also quieten down BrE to become calmer and less noisy or active, or to make someone or something do this ▪ Javed Miandad appealed for calm, but he failed to quieten the protesters. ▪ Quiet down… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • quieten — quiet, quieten As a verb, quiet has been used transitively (with an object) since the 16c in the meaning ‘to make (someone or something) quiet’, and is still in use in this sense: • The unexpectedness of this departure from the routine at first… …   Modern English usage

  • quieten — also quiet AmE verb 1 also quieten down (I, T) to become less noisy or less active, or to make someone or something do this: The chatter quietened briefly when she came into the room. | Things tend to quieten down after the Christmas rush. 2 (T)… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • quieten — quiet, quieten vb *calm, compose, still, lull, soothe, settle, tranquil ize Analogous words: allay, alleviate, assuage, *relieve: abate, lessen, *decrease Antonyms: disquiet: arouse, rouse Contrasted words: *stir, awaken, rally: excite, stimulate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • quieten — [ˈkwaɪət(ə)n] verb [I/T] British to become calmer or less noisy, or to make someone do this • quieten (sb/sth) down …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

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