quieten

[kwahy-i-tn]Chiefly British

verb (used without object)

to become quiet (often followed by down).

verb (used with object)

to make quiet.

Nearby words

  1. quiet,
  2. quiet as a mouse,
  3. quiet lung,
  4. quiet revolution,
  5. quiet sun,
  6. quietism,
  7. quietly,
  8. quietude,
  9. quietus,
  10. 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

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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