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verb [intransitive/transitive] quieten pronunciation in British English /ˈkwaɪət(ə)n/
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present tense
present participlequietening
past tensequietened
past participlequietened
  1. 1



    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.


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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