\ 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.


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



Definition of calm (Entry 3 of 3)

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

Other Words from calm


calmly adverb
calmness noun

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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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The comparative calm on the crime front has done nothing to impair sales. Andrew Brinker,, 30 July 2022 For decades, Beyoncé has worked meticulously to project a near-papal sense of calm and control. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 29 July 2022 The best spa treatments lend a sense of utter calm and relaxation, while guests marvel at stunning settings that serve as departures from a stressful daily routine. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 In fact, one study discovered that those who got moving together experienced more stress relief and calm than those who exercised alone—which might be one of the reasons group classes and races can feel so darn addicting. Outside Online, 22 July 2022 Lee laid on the ground, largely remaining calm, while requesting water. Krista Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 20 July 2022 Color has just always created a sense of ease, calm and safety. New York Times, 19 July 2022 The Machado story, Garcia said, underscored France’s uncommon calm and confidence. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 July 2022 Defense leaders have called for calm and cooperation with security forces – comments that have rankled some lawmakers who insist civilian leaders would be the ones to find a solution. The Christian Science Monitor, 14 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Twitter account seemed to notice the correlation (yes, correlation does not mean causation, please calm down, stats nerds). Carlos De Loera, Los Angeles Times, 22 July 2022 If the breathtaking coastal views from Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, California, situated at 1,200 feet above sea level, aren't enough to calm the mind, a quiet hike in one of the nearby California State Parks might do the trick. Alyssa Jung, Good Housekeeping, 7 July 2022 Through tonight: Moderate southerly breezes will calm a good deal overnight, and skies will clear a bit as well. A. Camden Walker, Washington Post, 25 June 2022 While the sports calendar will eventually calm down a bit by the end of June, now is one of the highest-stakes periods on the sports calendar. Xl Media, cleveland, 4 June 2022 Eye rolling luddites, calm down: Wanting your community to know about your dating status is not somehow indicative of a collapsing society. Glamour, 31 May 2022 The balance sheet had ballooned in size as the Fed aggressively bought securities to calm panic in financial markets and keep borrowing costs low as the pandemic spread. Matthew Boesler, Fortune, 4 May 2022 The soothing elixir of rose water and rose absolute caress skin to calm redness while coconut blossom nectar rejuvenates. Essence, 20 Sep. 2021 Green tea leaf extract is also present to calm skin while butylene glycol acts as a moisturizing agent. Sarah Han, Allure, 16 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Cancer, you are being tested to remain calm in the midst of confusion. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 31 July 2022 Filling her space with plants instantly brings her a sense of calm, so gift her these adorable five-inch pots to show off her favorite low-maintenance varieties. Monique Valeris, Good Housekeeping, 29 July 2022 But the waters of the Gulf rarely remain calm for long. Taras Grescoe, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 July 2022 Local officials have called for calm, even as similar protests broke out around 200 km (124 miles) north of Goma in the city of Butembo on Tuesday. Reuters, CNN, 26 July 2022 Find a place where the victim can lie flat and rest comfortably and encourage the victim to remain calm and offer reassurance. Miles Blumhardt, USA TODAY, 17 July 2022 Conditions remain calm overnight, with temperatures dropping to the low 60s. Jane Morice |, cleveland, 14 July 2022 If you become caught in a rip current, call for help and remain calm. Leada Gore |, al, 13 July 2022 Potential service dogs undergo 18 months of training, learning to remain calm in various situations. Helena Oliviero, ajc, 11 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of calm


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


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense


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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\ 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.


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.


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


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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