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[kwahy-i-tn] /ˈkwaɪ ɪ tn/ Chiefly British
verb (used without object)
to become quiet (often followed by down).
verb (used with object)
to make quiet.
Origin of quieten
First recorded in 1820-30; quiet1 + -en1
Related forms
quietener, noun Unabridged
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  • His calmness, and the steadiness of his voice seemed to quieten her.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • I says: 'See, Jennings, how women-folk do quieten babbies; it's just as I said.'

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Marys task was to quieten the country, a task perhaps impossible.

  • Lance may, after all, quieten down, and he must have some good qualities.

    The Impostor

    Harold Bindloss
  • She could only surmise that the man had a conscience, and that in this way he strove to quieten it.

    A Woman's Burden Fergus Hume
  • Coontin' the times ye've been at the kirk'll no' quieten your fears.

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • And Bella, in the seclusion of her own room, was trying to quieten her fears.

    The Solitary Farm Fergus Hume
  • The number of these shells was unusually large; but later on towards 10 A.M. things began to quieten down in the back area.

    Q.6.a and Other places Francis Buckley
  • We are all full of longings; and the chief blessing of civilization is that it supplies the wherewithal to quieten them.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
British Dictionary definitions for quieten


verb (mainly Brit)
(often foll by down) to make or become calm, silent, etc; pacify or become peaceful
(transitive) to allay (fear, doubts, etc)
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Word Origin and History for quieten

1828, "to make quiet;" 1890, "to become quiet," from quiet (adj.) + -en (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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