keep quiet

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of keep quiet

1 : to not say anything or make any noise
  • He thought about telling the police what he knew, but he decided to keep quiet.
  • Please keep quiet during the movie.
2 : to not say anything about (something)
  • She kept her plans quiet.
3 : to prevent (someone or something) from making noise
  • She gave the dog a bone to keep him quiet.
4 : to prevent (someone) from revealing information about something
  • They paid money to the witness to keep him quiet.

Word by Word Definitions

keep play
  1. : to retain in one's possession or power

  2. : to refrain from granting, giving, or allowing

  3. : to have in control

  1. : the means or provisions by which one is kept

  2. : one that keeps or protects: such as

  3. : fortress, castle

quiet play
  1. : the quality or state of being quiet (see 2quiet) : tranquility

  1. : marked by little or no motion or activity : calm

  2. : gentle, easygoing

  3. : not interfered with

  1. : in a quiet manner

  1. : to cause to be quiet : calm

  2. : to make secure by freeing from dispute or question

  3. : to become quiet


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