quieten down

quieten down
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.


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  • 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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