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English adjective: calm

1. calm not agitated; without losing self-possession

SamplesSpoke in a calm voice.
Remained calm throughout the uproar.
He remained serene in the midst of turbulence.
A serene expression on her face.
She became more tranquil.
Tranquil life in the country.

Synonymsserene, tranquil, unagitated



2. calm (of weather) free from storm or wind

SamplesCalm seas.

Similarplacid, quiet, settled, smooth, still, tranquil, unruffled, windless

See alsopeaceable, peaceful


English noun: calm

1. calm (attribute) steadiness of mind under stress

SamplesHe accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity.

Synonymscalmness, composure, equanimity

Broader (hypernym)disposition, temperament

Narrower (hyponym)aplomb, assuredness, cool, placidity, poise, quiet, repose, sang-froid, serenity, tranquility, tranquillity


2. calm (phenomenon) wind moving at less than 1 knot; 0 on the Beaufort scale

Synonymscalm air

Broader (hypernym)air current, current of air, wind

Part meronymBeaufort scale, wind scale

English verb: calm

1. calm (emotion) make calm or still

SamplesQuiet the dragons of worry and fear.

ExamplesThe performance is likely to calm Sue

Synonymscalm down, lull, quiet, 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

2. calm (change) make steady

SamplesSteady yourself.

Synonymsbecalm, steady

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

Broader (hypernym)stabilise, stabilize

3. calm (emotion) become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation

SamplesAfter the fight both men need to cool off..
It took a while after the baby was born for things to settle down again..

Synonymscalm down, chill out, cool it, cool off, settle down, simmer down

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

Broader (hypernym)change state, turn

4. calm (body) cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to

SamplesThe patient must be sedated before the operation.

Synonymssedate, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)affect

Narrower (hyponym)hypnotise, hypnotize, mesmerise, mesmerize

Antonymsenergize, energise, perk up, arouse, brace, stimulate

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