qui·​et·​en | \ ˈkwī-ə-tən How to pronounce quieten (audio) \
quietened; quietening\ ˈkwī-​ət-​niŋ How to pronounce quietening (audio) , ˈkwī-​ə-​tᵊn-​iŋ \

Definition of quieten

chiefly British
: quiet

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Examples of quieten in a Sentence

the nanny tried to quieten the children with assurances that help was on its way one young chap was trying to quieten down the group

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Talk on that front has quietened since Arnautovic's decision to stay in east London, but the Austrian may now lose his place in the team if Celta Vigo's 13-goal striker opts for a move to England. SI.com, "Maxi Gomez to Choose Between West Ham & Valencia as Celta Vigo Accept £29m Bids," 16 June 2019 But with just one day to go, news of this rival blimp’s arrival — despite raising more than £50,000 ($66,000) according to the Crowdfunder web site – has quietened down. Alex Ritman, The Hollywood Reporter, "London Protest Organizers Plan to Take the 'Trump Baby' Blimp on the Road," 13 July 2018 Things quietened down after the restart but Saudi Arabia did look for a third penalty minutes into the second half - referee Wilmar Roldán waved away the hopeful appeals. SI.com, "Saudi Arabia 2-1 Egypt: Mohamed Salah Scores But Pharaohs Denied First Ever World Cup Win," 25 June 2018 The Swiss international - currently away with his country for the World Cup - has been linked with a move to Merseyside, but talks is starting to quieten down. SI.com, "Sky Sports Reporter Provides Update on Rumoured Liverpool Move for Xherdan Shaqiri," 16 June 2018 While reports have quietened down since any initial flurry at the start of May, Chelsea and Arsenal have also been linked with the forward. SI.com, "Liverpool Target Refuses to Commit Future to His Current Club Amid Heavy Transfer Speculation," 18 May 2018 The fans had quietened down, the match was now a lot more even. SI.com, "World Cup Countdown - 13 Weeks to Go: Football's Coming Home, the Story of the 1966 Final," 21 Mar. 2018 If supersonic air travel is ever to return, Concorde’s successors will thus have to quieten their act. The Economist, "Boom boxedSilencing a sonic boom would help a Concorde replacement," 25 Jan. 2018 Soon after the restart, Gareth Bale added a third; and the game quietened down until a surge forward from Getafe to try and get something out of the match resulted in a Pablo Sarabia goal in the 83rd minute. SI.com, "Getafe vs Real Madrid Preview: Previous Encounter, Key Men, Team News & More," 13 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of quieten

circa 1828, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quieten

quiet entry 2 + -en entry 2

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