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[kwahy-i-tn]Chiefly British
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verb (used without object)
  1. to become quiet (often followed by down).
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verb (used with object)
  1. to make quiet.
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Origin of quieten

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

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

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Historical Examples of quieten

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for quieten


verb mainly British
  1. (often foll by down) to make or become calm, silent, etc; pacify or become peaceful
  2. (tr) 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).

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