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[kwahy-i-tn] /ˈkwaɪ ɪ tn/ Chiefly British
verb (used without object)
to become quiet (often followed by down).
verb (used with object)
to make quiet.
Origin of quieten
1820-30; quiet1 + -en1
Related forms
quietener, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for quieten
  • It will soon quieten down by entering the main sequence, the adult stage of stellar life.
  • Horn shavings, boiled in water, are said to quieten the liver and quell fevers.
  • Her team is trying to find an internationally acceptable gesture to quieten a ringing phone.
  • The patient will learn how to use easy to apply tools to quieten the mind to sleep soundly.
British Dictionary definitions for quieten


verb (mainly Brit)
(often foll by down) to make or become calm, silent, etc; pacify or become peaceful
(transitive) to allay (fear, doubts, etc)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for quieten

1828, "to make quiet;" 1890, "to become quiet," from quiet (adj.) + -en (1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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