quiet

[[t]kwa͟ɪ͟ət[/t]]
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quieter, quietest, quiets, quieting, quieted
1) ADJ-GRADED Someone or something that is quiet makes only a small amount of noise.

Tania kept the children reasonably quiet and contented...

A quiet murmur passed through the classroom...

The airlines have invested enormous sums in new, quieter aircraft.

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quietly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

`This is goodbye, isn't it?' she said quietly...

He closed the door quietly.

quietness N-UNCOUNT

...the smoothness and quietness of the flight.

2) ADJ-GRADED If a place is quiet, there is very little noise there.

She was received in a small, quiet office...

The street was unnaturally quiet.

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quietness N-UNCOUNT

I miss the quietness of the countryside.

3) ADJ-GRADED If a place, situation, or time is quiet, there is no excitement, activity, or trouble.

...a quiet rural backwater...

It is very quiet without him...

While he wanted Los Angeles and partying, she wanted a quiet life...

The city is now relatively quiet but there's palpable anger as people cope with shortages...

Derived words:
quietly ADV-GRADED ADV with v

His most prized time, though, will be spent quietly on his farm in Karklaaf, Durban.

quietness N-UNCOUNT

I do very much appreciate the quietness and privacy here.

4) N-UNCOUNT Quiet is silence.

He called for quiet and announced that the next song was in our honor...

Jeremy wants some peace and quiet before his big match.

5) ADJ-GRADED: v-link ADJ If you are quiet, you are not saying anything.

I told them to be quiet and go to sleep...

I just went quiet, embarrassed, and couldn't answer...

They were both quiet for a while. Then Charlie said: `I must go.'...

Then a voice called out, `Quiet, everybody, please!'

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quietly ADV ADV with v

Amy stood quietly in the doorway watching him.

6) ADJ: ADJ n If you refer, for example, to someone's quiet confidence or quiet despair, you mean that they do not say much about the way they are feeling.

He has a quiet confidence in his ability...

All through his life he has shown a quiet determination to get things done.

Derived words:
quietly ADV ADV adj

Nigel Deering, the publisher, is quietly confident about the magazine's chances.

7) ADJ: ADJ n You describe activities as quiet when they happen in secret or in such a way that people do not notice them.

The Swedes had sought his freedom through quiet diplomacy...

Then it was back to the house for a quiet celebration...

Can I have a quiet word with you, son?

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quietly ADV usu ADV with v, also ADV adj

I slipped away quietly...

The goal of shifting freight from road to rail has been quietly abandoned...

Lee's body was flown to the US, where he was quietly buried in Seattle.

8) ADJ-GRADED A quiet person behaves in a calm way and is not easily made angry or upset.

He's a nice quiet man.

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9) ADJ-GRADED You describe colours or clothes as quiet when they are not bright or not very noticeable.

They dress in quiet colors so as not to call attention to themselves.

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10) V-ERG If someone or something quiets or if you quiet them, they become less noisy, less active, or silent. [mainly AM]

The wind dropped and the sea quieted...

[V n] Estela started to say something but a gesture from her husband quieted her at once.

(in BRIT, usually use quieten)
11) VERB To quiet fears or complaints means to persuade people that there is no good reason for them. [mainly AM]

[V n] Supporters of the Constitution had to quiet fears that aristocrats plotted to steal the fruits of the Revolution.

(in BRIT, usually use quieten)
12) PHRASE: V inflects If someone does not go quietly, they do not leave a particular job or a place without complaining or resisting.

She's not going to go quietly.

13) PHRASE: V inflects If you keep quiet about something or keep something quiet, you do not say anything about it.

I told her to keep quiet about it...

I think I found it easier than Nell to keep our engagement quiet.

14) PHRASE: PHR after v If something is done on the quiet, it is done secretly or in such a way that people do not notice it.

She'd promised to give him driving lessons, on the quiet, when no one could see.

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secretly

English dictionary. 2008.

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