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verb [intransitive/transitive] quieten pronunciation in British English /ˈkwaɪət(ə)n/
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present tense
I/you/we/theyquieten
he/she/itquietens
present participlequietening
past tensequietened
past participlequietened
  1. 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. 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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