quieten

quieten
UK [ˈkwaɪət(ə)n] / US verb [intransitive/transitive]
Word forms "quieten":
present tense I/you/we/they quieten he/she/it quietens present participle quietening past tense quietened past participle quietened
1) quieten or quieten down to become less noisy, active, or busy, or to make someone or something less noisy, active, or busy

He waved his arms to quieten them down.

Watch how the baby quietens when he hears the music.

2) mainly literary if a feeling quietens, or if something quietens it, it becomes less strong

The fear within her quietened.


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