- to become quiet (often followed by down).
- to make quiet.
Origin of quieten
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Examples from the Web for quieten
Pippa is facing renewed pressure from the palace to quieten down and behave like a good girl.How Do The Royals Solve a Problem Like Pippa?
July 9, 2013
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.The Mystery of Mary Stuart
Lance may, after all, quieten down, and he must have some good qualities.The Impostor
She could only surmise that the man had a conscience, and that in this way he strove to quieten it.A Woman's Burden
- (often foll by down) to make or become calm, silent, etc; pacify or become peaceful
- (tr) to allay (fear, doubts, etc)
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Word Origin and History for quieten
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