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quell

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verb \ˈkwel\

Simple Definition of quell

  • : to end or stop (something) usually by using force

  • : to calm or reduce (something, such as fear or worry)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of quell

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to thoroughly overwhelm and reduce to submission or passivity <quell a riot>

  3. 2 :  quiet, pacify <quell fears>

queller

noun

Examples of quell in a sentence

  1. <the National Guard was called in to help quell the late-night disturbances downtown>

  2. <the principal held up her hand to quell the students so they could hear the urgent announcement>



Origin and Etymology of quell

Middle English, to kill, quell, from Old English cwellan to kill; akin to Old High German quellen to torture, kill, quāla torment, Lithuanian gelti to hurt


First Known Use: 13th century


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quell

noun

Definition of quell

  1. 1 obsolete :  slaughter

  2. 2 archaic :  the power of quelling



Origin and Etymology of quell

Middle English, from quellen to kill


First Known Use: 15th century


QUELL Defined for Kids

quell

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verb \ˈkwel\

Definition of quell for Students

quelled

quelling

  1. 1 :  to stop or end by force <Police quelled a riot.>

  2. 2 :  4quiet, calm <He quelled their fears.>





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