calm

noun
\ ˈkäm How to pronounce calm (audio) , ˈkälm How to pronounce calm (audio) , ˈkam, ˈkȯ(l)m \

Definition of calm

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a period or condition of freedom from storms, high winds, or rough activity of water a sailing ship motionless in the calm
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 : a state of tranquility At dusk a quiet calm settled over the town.

calm

verb
calmed; calming; calms

Definition of calm (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to become calm usually used with down The mayor asked the protesters to calm down so he could speak.

transitive verb

: to make calm often used with down calm him down; get him to be reasonable— S. H. Adams

calm

adjective

Definition of calm (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : marked by calm : still a calm sea
2 : free from agitation, excitement, or disturbance

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Other Words from calm

Adjective

calmly adverb
calmness noun

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Adjective

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 tranquility. 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

Examples of calm in a Sentence

Noun After two days of violent protests, the mayor appealed for calm. The calm was broken by another terrorist bombing. the calm of a church Police tried to restore calm after the riot. A quiet calm settled over the city. Verb His words were effective in calming her fears. The medicine helped calm her breathing. Adjective The teacher asked us to remain calm after the fire alarm went off. Let's try to have a calm discussion about your grades.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Onsen Ryokan Yuen Shinjuku may be located mere minutes from the bustling downtown neighborhood of Shinjuku, but somehow the contemporary hotel manages to maintain a sense of calm and tranquility. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 15 July 2021 The assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse drew shock and condemnation from leaders in other parts of the world Wednesday, along with calls for calm and unity in Haiti. BostonGlobe.com, 8 July 2021 Claude Joseph, whom Moise appointed interim prime minister in April, immediately declared himself in charge, issuing statements calling for calm and vowing to solve the killing and bring the assassins to justice. Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times, 7 July 2021 His response to your expressed need for calm and privacy is to question your character. Washington Post, 28 June 2021 So, keep moving forward with balance, calm, and optimism. Rob Dube, Forbes, 22 June 2021 On election night in 1999, after losing to Ehud Barak, Netanyahu congratulated the winner and called on his Likud supporters for calm and unity. Dahlia Scheindlin, Time, 8 June 2021 Thompson kept coasting along on the front nine Sunday, smiling and exuding a sense of calm and confidence. Ron Kroichick, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 June 2021 Netanyahu says Israel will push ahead to return calm and security to its citizens, and will continue the current operation. Shannon Rae Green, USA TODAY, 20 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Tensions appeared to calm later in the day, after senators from the group of negotiators convened a conference call, according to another person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 26 June 2021 Tensions appeared to calm later in the day, after senators from the group of negotiators convened a conference call, according to another person who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private meeting. Lisa Mascaro, Star Tribune, 25 June 2021 And while there might not be much that will calm a young man scorned, offering to offset the bill might help. Washington Post, 11 June 2021 It's loaded with jojoba, safflower, and hemp seed oils to moisturize and calm my body. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 23 Mar. 2021 Look for candles or diffusers featuring scents like lavender, vanilla, chamomile, or rose; all scents that are said to calm your body and prepare it for rest. Sarah Boyd, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2021 And there’s some scientific theory behind the idea: applying pressure to your skin stimulates neurotransmitters like serotonin and melatonin that calm your brain. Popular Science, 26 Jan. 2021 The instructor wants to see the officers draw on their training and try to de-escalate a situation, try to connect with and calm down a subject. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 July 2021 She coos and talks to to Girlfriend, allows Girlfriend to get used to Dawn’s smell to get Girlfriend used to her and calm down. oregonlive, 27 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Bravo to Boegeman for his concise, calm and intelligent synopsis of how critical race theory is utilized in the classroom. Star Tribune, 19 July 2021 Burrows straddled two worlds, from the calm and carefree days soaking up waves along the Southern California coast to the booming thunder of gunfire required to grow into an elite marksman. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 July 2021 Jennifer and Josh then came to an agreement with their new partners to try to maintain a calm and stable environment for the sake of Josh and Jennifer's son. Dory Jackson, PEOPLE.com, 16 July 2021 The mood was cordial, calm and a little celebratory. New York Times, 16 July 2021 Police body camera footage showed Brown staying calm and polite as the officers became increasingly confrontational. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 15 July 2021 This also meant being calm and kind to people back at camp who just tried to vote me out — which happened a lot. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 8 July 2021 When people are already stressed and emotionally fried, the single most important step in delivering constructive feedback is stripping away any emotions and keeping the conversation as calm and analytical as possible. Mark Murphy, Forbes, 27 June 2021 You could be warmed up and raring to go, although family members prefer to keep calm, cool and collected. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 29 May 2021

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First Known Use of calm

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for calm

Noun, Verb, and Adjective

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

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22 Jul 2021

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“Calm.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/calm. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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calm

noun

English Language Learners Definition of calm

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: a quiet and peaceful state or condition
: a peaceful mental or emotional state

calm

verb

English Language Learners Definition of calm (Entry 2 of 3)

: 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.

calm

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of calm (Entry 3 of 3)

: not angry, upset, excited, etc.
used to describe weather that is not windy, stormy, etc.

calm

noun
\ ˈkäm How to pronounce calm (audio) , ˈkälm \

Kids Definition of calm

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a period or condition of freedom from storm, wind, or rough water
2 : a quiet and peaceful state We enjoyed the calm of the countryside.

calm

verb
calmed; calming

Kids Definition of calm (Entry 2 of 3)

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

calm

adjective
calmer; calmest

Kids Definition of calm (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : not stormy or windy a calm night
2 : not excited or upset a calm reply Please remain calm.

Other Words from calm

calmly adverb spoke calmly

Choose the Right Synonym for calm

Adjective

calm, peaceful, and tranquil mean quiet and free from disturbance. calm is used when someone is not excited or upset even when there is cause for it. They stayed calm during the fire. peaceful is used when someone or something has reached a quiet state after some period of disturbance. The storm is over and the lake is peaceful again. tranquil is used for a total or lasting state of rest. They stopped at a tranquil garden.

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