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hush

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verb \ˈhəsh\

Definition of hush

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  calm, quiet hushed the children as they entered the library

  3. 2 :  to put at rest :  mollify

  4. 3 :  to keep from public knowledge :  suppress hush the story up

  5. intransitive verb
  6. :  to become quiet

Examples of hush in a Sentence

  1. The woman in the seat behind me was trying to hush her baby.

  2. The judge hushed the spectators.

  3. The spectators hushed as the judge entered the courtroom.

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Origin and Etymology of hush

back-formation from husht hushed, from Middle English hussht, from huissht, interjection used to enjoin silence


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hush

adjective

Definition of hush

  1. 1 archaic :  silent, still

  2. 2 :  intended to prevent the dissemination of certain information hush money

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First Known Use of hush

1602


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hush

noun

Definition of hush

  1. :  a silence or calm especially following noise :  quiet

Examples of hush in a Sentence

  1. the storm passed, and a hush fell over the sea

  2. a hush fell over the auditorium as the lights went down

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First Known Use of hush

1650



HUSH Defined for English Language Learners

hush

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verb

Definition of hush for English Language Learners

  • : to make (someone) quiet, calm, or still

  • : to become quiet

hush

noun

Definition of hush for English Language Learners

  • : a time of silence, stillness, or calm especially after noise


HUSH Defined for Kids

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hush

play
verb \ˈhəsh\

Definition of hush for Students

hushed

;

hushing

  1. :  to make or become quiet, calm, or still :  soothe He hushed the baby.


2

hush

play
noun

Definition of hush for Students

  1. :  1quiet A hush fell over the room.



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