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calm

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noun \ˈkäm, ˈkälm, ˈkam, ˈkȯ(l)m\

Simple Definition of calm

  • : a quiet and peaceful state or condition

  • : a peaceful mental or emotional state

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of calm

  1. 1 a :  a period or condition of freedom from storms, high winds, or rough activity of water b :  complete absence of wind or presence of wind having a speed no greater than one mile (1.6 kilometers) per hour — see beaufort scale table

  2. 2 :  a state of tranquillity

Examples of calm in a sentence

  1. After two days of violent protests, the mayor appealed for calm.

  2. The calm was broken by another terrorist bombing.

  3. the calm of a church

  4. Police tried to restore calm after the riot.

  5. A quiet calm settled over the city.



Origin and Etymology of calm

Middle English calme, probably ultimately from Old Spanish calma, from Late Latin cauma heat, from Greek kauma, from kaiein to burn


First Known Use: 14th century


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calm

verb

Simple Definition of calm

  • : to become or to cause (someone) to become less upset, emotional, excited, etc.

  • : to become or to cause (something) to become less active, violent, forceful, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of calm

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to become calm —usually used with down

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to make calm —often used with down

Examples of calm in a sentence

  1. His words were effective in calming her fears.

  2. The medicine helped calm her breathing.



14th Century

First Known Use of calm

14th century


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calm

adjective

Simple Definition of calm

  • : not angry, upset, excited, etc.

  • —used to describe weather that is not windy, stormy, etc.

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of calm

  1. 1 :  marked by calm :  still <a calm sea>

  2. 2 :  free from agitation, excitement, or disturbance

calmly

adverb

calmness

noun

Examples of calm in a sentence

  1. The teacher asked us to remain calm after the fire alarm went off.

  2. Let's try to have a calm discussion about your grades.



14th Century

First Known Use of calm

14th century

Synonym Discussion of calm

calm, tranquil, serene, placid, peaceful mean quiet and free from disturbance. calm often implies a contrast with a foregoing or nearby state of agitation or violence <the protests ended, and the streets were calm again>. tranquil suggests a very deep quietude or composure <the tranquil beauty of a formal garden>. serene stresses an unclouded and lofty tranquillity <watched the sunset of a serene summer's evening>. placid suggests an undisturbed appearance and often implies a degree of complacency <remained placid despite the criticism>. peaceful implies a state of repose in contrast with or following strife or turmoil <grown peaceful in old age>.


CALM Defined for Kids

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calm

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noun \ˈkäm, ˈkälm\

Definition of calm for Students

  1. 1 :  a period or condition of freedom from storm, wind, or rough water

  2. 2 :  a quiet and peaceful state <We enjoyed the calm of the countryside.>




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calm

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verb

Definition of calm for Students

calmed

calming

  1. :  to make or become less active or disturbed —often used with down <The music calmed her.> <The winds calmed down overnight.>




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adjective

Definition of calm for Students

calmer

calmest

  1. 1 :  not stormy or windy <a calm night>

  2. 2 :  not excited or upset <a calm reply> <Please remain calm.>

calmly

adverb <spoke calmly>

calmness

noun




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