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quieten

[ kwahy-i-tn ]
/ ˈkwaɪ ɪ tn /
Chiefly British
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verb (used without object)

to become quiet (often followed by down).

verb (used with object)

to make quiet.

RELATED WORDS

subdue, mute, hush, lull, still, muzzle, quash, muffle, suppress, quell, gag, deaden, stifle, dull, clam, dampen, soft-pedal, quiet, shush, squelch

Nearby words

quiet, quiet as a mouse, quiet lung, quiet revolution, quiet sun, quieten, quietism, quietly, quietude, quietus, quiff

Origin of quieten

First recorded in 1820–30; quiet1 + -en1
Related formsqui·et·en·er, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for quieten

quieten

/ (ˈkwaɪətən) /

verb mainly British

(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

quieten


v.

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

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