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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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  • His calmness, and the steadiness of his voice seemed to quieten her.

    The Explorer W. Somerset Maugham
  • I says: 'See, Jennings, how women-folk do quieten babbies; it's just as I said.'

    Mary Barton Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Coontin' the times ye've been at the kirk'll no' quieten your fears.

    Betty Grier Joseph Waugh
  • Marys task was to quieten the country, a task perhaps impossible.

  • And Bella, in the seclusion of her own room, was trying to quieten her fears.

    The Solitary Farm Fergus Hume
  • Lance may, after all, quieten down, and he must have some good qualities.

    The Impostor Harold Bindloss
  • We are all full of longings; and the chief blessing of civilization is that it supplies the wherewithal to quieten them.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • She could only surmise that the man had a conscience, and that in this way he strove to quieten it.

    A Woman's Burden Fergus Hume
  • Jack, as was natural, first recovered himself, and did all in his power to quieten the hysterical emotion of Dolores.

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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