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

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.

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

One of my habits to stay calm is to run through a series of checks: How much air is in each tank? Georgia Frances King, Quartz, "The world’s most famous explorers on how they handle high-stress situations," 14 Aug. 2019 Beyond a sense of calm, there’s not much to detect. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Seeking silence on a California road trip," 6 Aug. 2019 Two days earlier, Kyle Lowry was praised for staying calm when shoved on the sideline by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, who received a one-year ban by the team and NBA along with a $500,000 fine for the incident. CBS News, "NBA Finals: Raptors top Warriors 105-92 in Game 4, giving them 3-1 lead in series," 8 June 2019 Two days earlier, Lowry was praised for staying calm when shoved on the sideline by Warriors minority owner Mark Stevens, who received a one-year ban by the team and NBA along with a $500,000 fine for the incident. Janie Mcauley, chicagotribune.com, "Raptors 1 win away from a title after beating the Warriors 105-92 behind Kawhi Leonard's 36 points," 8 June 2019 Carson was hired in December of that year, and the 12 years of calm since then represent a stark contrast from what went before. Jon Lender, courant.com, "Jon Lender: New state ethics director chosen for shrinking watchdog agency," 25 July 2019 It is used in products like oils and edibles to provide feeling of calm, but CBD is the non-psychoactive portion of the plant and won’t give you a high. Cindy Krischer Goodman, chicagotribune.com, "Buyer beware: CBD products could be this century’s snake oil," 23 July 2019 Reviewing your progress points out your capabilities, your courage and creates a sense of calm. Steve Booren, The Denver Post, "Improving investor behavior: Strengthen your financial superpowers," 21 July 2019 Yet, a strange sense of calm had begun to overcome me by day four. Nupur Anand, Quartz India, "Ten days of utter silence pulled me back from the brink of a mental breakdown," 2 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Those fears were calmed by a strong swim in prelims, which generated confidence heading into the semis. Jace Frederick, Twin Cities, "Lakeville swimmer Regan Smith has two world records, endless possibilities," 16 Aug. 2019 The techniques are calming and lead to better learning. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "Houston-area schools adopt mindfulness practices to increase learning," 31 July 2019 Drivers must slow down on city streets and calm down too, put down cell phones and put our attention back on the road and never drive after drinking or consuming marijuana or any drug known to impair driving skills. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: The least drivers can do for cyclists who have died recently on Denver streets," 31 July 2019 Emily’s symptoms calmed for a moment, only to gain force like an offshore cyclone and come raging back. Charles Graeber, WIRED, "How Scientists Built a ‘Living Drug’ to Beat Cancer," 25 July 2019 Pomilla couldn't get her son to calm down, and while most people stared, one kind stranger stepped in to help. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, ""Restored my faith": Single mom and son with autism reunite with metro police officer who helped calm the boy on a train," 25 July 2019 When the victim asked the neighbor to calm down, the neighbor called the victim a disrespectful name consisting of a noun and an adjective. Bob Sandrick, cleveland.com, "Wanted man arrested in his yard; woman yells at neighbor, landscaper: Berea police blotter," 19 July 2019 The government rushed to calm the market, announcing the auction of several oil refineries and a price increase only slightly lower than planned. The Economist, "Latin America’s state-run oil giants are struggling," 12 July 2019 Twice when strikers surrounded the police headquarters in June, several lawmakers convinced members of the crowd to calm themselves, and not invade. Suzanne Sataline, The Christian Science Monitor, "Hong Kong protests: Is anyone in charge?," 9 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

But Kaiser was decidedly not calm, more than a year later, when the Cambridge Analytica stories broke in the Observer and the New York Times, triggering a global scandal. Washington Post, "Brittany Kaiser’s work with Cambridge Analytica helped elect Donald Trump. She’s hoping the world will forgive her.," 3 Aug. 2019 George also looked calm and collected, strutting around in a relaxed gray suit and a white button-up. Chelsey Sanchez, Harper's BAZAAR, "Amal Clooney Wore the Most Charming Fringe Dress in Italy," 31 July 2019 Gary looks forward to, and deserves, caregivers who are calm, patient and able to devote significant time to teaching him new skills and spending quality time with him. Boys & Girls Aid, oregonlive.com, "Gary, 10, is an athletic child with a magnetic personality: A Home of Their Own," 27 July 2019 Newfoundlands are known to be calm, friendly, and intelligent. Alyssa Lukpat, BostonGlobe.com, "Rare Newfoundland pony born in Jaffrey, N.H.," 24 July 2019 Even when faced with redeeming himself from last year's loss in the tournament finals, the chance to regain the top spot doesn't fret Lippert, whose easy-going demeanor keeps him calm, cool and collected on the court. Luke Feliciano, Cincinnati.com, "A tennis standout turned instructor, Wyatt Lippert searches for continued success at Met tournament," 18 July 2019 Instead, García that evening was calm, even subdued, with little of the bluster usually associated with his public persona. Daniel Alarcón, The New Yorker, "What Led Peru’s Former President to Take His Own Life?," 1 July 2019 Even if Naeher is a cool, calm, collected athlete, that’s quite the history to live up to. Laken Litman, SI.com, "USA Survives at Women's World Cup, Outlasting Spain on Rapinoe's PKs," 24 June 2019 But the famous British stiff upper lip came in handy and people across the nation kept calm and carried on -- aside from some outbursts of disgust on social media. Rob Picheta, CNN, "Flying ants invade Britain in swarms so large they were seen from space," 18 July 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'calm.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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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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

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