quieten down

quieten down
quieten down [phrasal verb]
Brit : to become quiet or quieter

The children quietened down after dinner.

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Main Entry:quieten

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  • quieten down — PHR V ERG If someone or something quietens down or if you quieten them down, they become less noisy or less active. [mainly BRIT] [V P] The labour unrest which swept the country last week has quietened down... [V n P] Somehow I managed to quieten …   English dictionary

  • quieten down — verb a) To become quieter As the lights dimmed the general noise quietened down. b) To reduce intensity of an activity. Diplomacy can only begin when the violence quietens down …   Wiktionary

  • quieten — qui|et|en [ˈkwaıətn] v BrE quiet AmE 1.) [I and T] also quieten down BrE to become calmer and less noisy or active, or to make someone or something do this ▪ Javed Miandad appealed for calm, but he failed to quieten the protesters. ▪ Quiet down… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 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… …   English dictionary

  • quieten — [[t]kwa͟ɪ͟ət(ə)n[/t]] quietens, quietening, quietened 1) V ERG If you quieten someone or something, or if they quieten, you make them become less noisy, less active, or silent. [mainly BRIT] [V n] She tried to quieten her breathing... A man… …   English dictionary

  • quieten — also quiet AmE verb 1 also quieten down (I, T) to become less noisy or less active, or to make someone or something do this: The chatter quietened briefly when she came into the room. | Things tend to quieten down after the Christmas rush. 2 (T)… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • quieten — quiet, quieten As a verb, quiet has been used transitively (with an object) since the 16c in the meaning ‘to make (someone or something) quiet’, and is still in use in this sense: • The unexpectedness of this departure from the routine at first… …   Modern English usage

  • quieten — [ˈkwaɪət(ə)n] verb [I/T] British to become calmer or less noisy, or to make someone do this • quieten (sb/sth) down …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • ˌquieten (sb/sth) ˈdown — phrasal verb same as quieten …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • quieten — quietener, n. /kwuy i tn/, Chiefly Brit. v.i. 1. to become quiet (often fol. by down). v.t. 2. to make quiet. [1820 30; QUIET1 + EN1] * * * …   Universalium

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