becalm

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verb be·calm \ bi-ˈkä(l)m \

Definition of becalm

transitive verb
1 a :to keep motionless by lack of wind
b :to stop the progress of
2 :to make calm :soothe

Examples of becalm in a Sentence

  1. becalmed at last, she slept soundly for the first time in weeks

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1582



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