UK [ˈpæsɪfaɪ] / US [ˈpæsɪˌfaɪ] verb [transitive]
Word forms "pacify":
present tense I/you/we/they pacify he/she/it pacifies present participle pacifying past tense pacified past participle pacified
1) to make someone who is angry, worried, or upset feel calmer or happier

The statement was clearly intended to pacify worried consumers.

2) to establish peace in a place by ending a war or violence

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  • Pacify — Pac i*fy, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Pacified}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pacifying}.] [F. pacifier, L. pacificare; pax, pacis, peace + ficare (in comp.) to make. See {Peace}, and { fy}.] To make to be at peace; to appease; to calm; to still; to quiet; to allay …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • pacify — pacify, appease, placate, mollify, propitiate, conciliate are comparable when they mean to quiet excited, aroused, or disturbed persons. Pacify implies a soothing or calming of anger, grievance, or agitation, or the quelling of insurrection… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • pacify — [pas′ə fī΄] vt. pacified, pacifying [ME pacifien < OFr pacefier < L pacificare < pax (gen. pacis), PEACE + facere, to make, DO1] 1. to make peaceful or calm; appease; tranquilize 2. a) to establish or secure peace in (a …   English World dictionary

  • pacify — (v.) late 15c., from M.Fr. pacifier, from O.Fr., make peace, from L. pacificare to make peace, pacify, from pacificus (see PACIFIC (Cf. pacific)). Related: Pacified; pacifying …   Etymology dictionary

  • pacify — I verb accommodate, alleviate, appease, assuage, becalm, bring to terms, calm, componere, conciliate, dulcify, ease, lenire, make peace, mediate, mellow, mollify, pacificate, placare, placate, please, propitiate, quell, quiet, reconcile, relieve …   Law dictionary

  • pacify — [v] make peaceful; appease allay, ameliorate, assuage, bury the hatchet*, butter up*, calm, chasten, compose, con, conciliate, cool, dulcify, fix up, grease*, kiss and make up*, lay back, lull, make peace, mitigate, moderate, mollify, pacificate …   New thesaurus

  • pacify — ► VERB (pacifies, pacified) 1) quell the anger or agitation of. 2) bring peace to (a country or warring factions). DERIVATIVES pacification noun. ORIGIN Latin pacificare, from pax peace …   English terms dictionary

  • pacify — transitive verb ( fied; fying) Etymology: Middle English pacifien, from Anglo French pacifier, from Latin pacificare, from pac , pax peace Date: 15th century 1. a. to allay the anger or agitation of ; soothe < pacify a crying child > b …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • pacify — verb go out there and try to pacify the passengers Syn: placate, appease, calm (down), conciliate, propitiate, assuage, mollify, soothe Ant: enrage •• pacify, appease, conciliate, mollify, placate, propitiate You might try to pacify a crying baby …   Thesaurus of popular words

  • pacify — [[t]pæ̱sɪfaɪ[/t]] pacifies, pacifying, pacified 1) VERB If you pacify someone who is angry, upset, or not pleased, you succeed in making them calm or pleased. [V n] Is this a serious step, or is this just something to pacify the critics?... [V n] …   English dictionary

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