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quell

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verb \ˈkwel\

Definition of quell

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to thoroughly overwhelm and reduce to submission or passivity quell a riot

  3. 2 :  quiet, pacify quell fears

queller

noun

Examples of quell in a Sentence

  1. the National Guard was called in to help quell the late-night disturbances downtown

  2. the principal held up her hand to quell the students so they could hear the urgent announcement

Origin and Etymology of quell

Middle English, to kill, quell, from Old English cwellan to kill; akin to Old High German quellen to torture, kill, quāla torment, Lithuanian gelti to hurt


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quell

noun

Definition of quell

  1. 1 obsolete :  slaughter

  2. 2 archaic :  the power of quelling

Origin and Etymology of quell

Middle English, from quellen to kill


QUELL Defined for English Language Learners

quell

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Definition of quell for English Language Learners

  • : to end or stop (something) usually by using force

  • : to calm or reduce (something, such as fear or worry)


QUELL Defined for Kids

quell

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verb \ˈkwel\

Definition of quell for Students

quelled

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quelling

  1. 1 :  to stop or end by force Police quelled a riot.

  2. 2 :  4quiet, calm He quelled their fears.



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