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English adjective: quiet

1. quiet characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity

SamplesA quiet life.
A quiet throng of onlookers.
Quiet peace-loving people.
The factions remained quiet for almost 10 years.

Similarquiescent, untroubled

See alsopeaceable, peaceful, tame, unagitated


2. quiet free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound

SamplesA quiet audience at the concert.
The room was dark and quiet.

Similarnoiseless, silent, soundless, still, stilly, tiptoe

See alsoinaudible, soft, unhearable


3. quiet not showy or obtrusive

SamplesClothes in quiet good taste.


Similarunostentatious, unpretending, unpretentious

Antonymsostentatious, pretentious

4. quiet in a softened tone

SamplesHushed voices.
Muted trumpets.
A subdued whisper.
A quiet reprimand.

Synonymshushed, muted, subdued



5. quiet (of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves

SamplesA ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay.
The quiet waters of a lagoon.
A lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky.
A smooth channel crossing.
Scarcely a ripple on the still water.
Unruffled water.

Synonymsplacid, smooth, still, tranquil, unruffled



6. quiet of the sun characterized by a low level of surface phenomena like sunspots e.g.

Domain categoryastronomy, uranology


English noun: quiet

1. quiet (state) a period of calm weather

SamplesThere was a lull in the storm.


Broader (hypernym)calmness

2. quiet (state) an untroubled state; free from disturbances

Synonymstranquility, tranquillity

Broader (hypernym)order

3. quiet (attribute) the absence of sound

SamplesHe needed silence in order to sleep.
The street was quiet.


Broader (hypernym)sound property

Narrower (hyponym)hush, quietness, soundlessness, speechlessness, still, stillness


4. quiet (attribute) a disposition free from stress or emotion

Synonymsplacidity, repose, serenity, tranquility, tranquillity

Broader (hypernym)calm, calmness, composure, equanimity

Narrower (hyponym)ataraxia

English adverb: quiet

1. quiet with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly')

SamplesHer hands rested quietly in her lap.
The rock star was quietly led out the back door.
Sit here as quiet as you can.



English verb: quiet

1. quiet (perception) become quiet or quieter

SamplesThe audience fell silent when the speaker entered.

Synonymshush, pipe down, quiesce, quiet down, quieten

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)change intensity

Verb grouphush, hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still


2. quiet (emotion) make calm or still

SamplesQuiet the dragons of worry and fear.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to quiet Sue

Synonymscalm, calm down, lull, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)comfort, console, solace, soothe

Narrower (hyponym)appease, assuage, assure, compose, conciliate, gentle, gruntle, lenify, lull, mollify, pacify, placate, reassure

Antonymscharge up, commove, agitate, rouse, excite, turn on, charge

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