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adverb quietly pronunciation in British English /ˈkwaɪətli/
  1. 1
    in a way that does not make much noise
    He closed the door quietly behind him.
  2. 2
    in a quiet voice
    ‘Listen,’ she said quietly, ‘I want to tell you something.’
  3. 3
    in a way that is not obvious to other people
    Sandra stood by, quietly amused.
    Two embassy employees had been quietly recalled because of spying allegations.
    quietly confident: I am quietly confident that we will win this match.
    quietly optimistic: They are quietly optimistic about their chances of success.

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