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English verb: pacify

1. pacify (emotion) cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

SamplesShe managed to mollify the angry customer.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to pacify Sue

Synonymsappease, assuage, conciliate, gentle, gruntle, lenify, mollify, placate

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

Broader (hypernym)calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize

2. pacify (creation) fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)

SamplesThe U.N. troops are working to pacify Bosnia.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)establish, give

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