quieten

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v quieten cause to be quiet or not talk "Please silence the children in the church!"
    • v quieten make calm or still "quiet the dragons of worry and fear"
    • v quieten become quiet or quieter "The audience fell silent when the speaker entered"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • quieten To become quiet or still.
    • quieten To make quiet; calm; pacify.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Quieten to make quiet, calm
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. quietusquiscĕre, to rest.

Usage

In literature:

She gave me an apple to quieten me.
"Jewish Children" by Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich
The matter quietened down, but the Commandant shortly afterwards retired from the service of the State.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
Lucy put her hand on his arm to quieten him.
"The Explorer" by W. Somerset Maugham
Therefore have I quietened him for the nonce.
"Robin Hood" by Paul Creswick
Her agitation quietened him.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
She leant against the table, and after a while her sobs quietened.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
They war playing up queerly, but I think I've quietened 'em.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
His sobs were quietening.
"Under False Pretences" by Adeline Sergeant
After Granny's death, she seemed to quieten.
"Ditte: Girl Alive!" by Martin Andersen Nexo
Mishcha did all she could to soothe and quieten him.
"The Three Mulla-mulgars" by Walter De La Mare
Dalroy shook him to quieten his tongue.
"The Day of Wrath" by Louis Tracy
You quieten Alec down, George.
"The Tower of Oblivion" by Oliver Onions
It quietened down suddenly, and stretched a long neck in his direction.
"A Son of the Sahara" by Louise Gerard
His good deeds don't seem to quieten him, anyway.
"A Life For a Love" by L. T. Meade
There was a big dandy on me too, and as soon as I had quietened the collie I opened the dandy up.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
Craig managed to quieten Roup, and then listened attentively.
"From Squire to Squatter" by Gordon Stables
William put a quietening hand upon him.
"The Hall and the Grange" by Archibald Marshall
At last they quietened down for Wendy to tell them just one more story before they were tucked in for the night.
"The Story of Peter Pan" by Daniel Stephen O'Connor
One was obliged to walk up and down quickly in order to gradually quieten the pumping lungs.
"In the Foreign Legion" by Erwin Rosen
That shot of yours will quieten them for a few moments.
"The Great Airship." by F. S. Brereton
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In poetry:

They cannot quieten that boy's ghost,
He'll have no truck with no "Last Post,"
They mark him "Killed," but you may swear
He's with us, be it foul or fair.
"Killed" by Thomas William Hodgson Crosland

In news:

Democracy Iraq quietened down on the last day of campaigning for today's election, although a candidate was assassinated and four US soldiers died.
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