If someone or something quiets or if you quiet them, they become less noisy, less active, or silent. The wind dropped and the sea quieted Estela started to say something but a gesture from her husband quieted her at once
with little or no activity or no agitation (`quiet' is a nonstandard variant for `quietly'); "her hands rested quietly in her lap"; "the rock star was quietly led out the back door"; "sit here as quiet as you can"
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 + quietly qui·et·ly Nigel Deering, the publisher, is quietly confident about the magazine's chances
If a place, situation, or time is quiet, there is no excitement, activity, or trouble. It is very quiet without him While he wanted Los Angeles and partying, she wanted a quiet life + quietly qui·et·ly His most prized time, though, will be spent quietly on his farm. + quietness qui·et·ness I do very much appreciate the quietness and privacy here
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. noisy + quietly qui·et·ly `This is goodbye, isn't it?' she said quietly + quietness qui·et·ness the smoothness and quietness of the flight
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 + quietly qui·et·ly I slipped away quietly The goal of shifting freight from road to rail has been quietly abandoned
What spectators and non-performing band members should be whenever a band is on the field competing This is a sign of respect for the hard work the members have invested in their performance Remember that competitions are NOT football half time shows
free from disturbance; "a ribbon of sand between the angry sea and the placid bay"; "the quiet waters of a lagoon"; "a lake of tranquil blue water reflecting a tranquil blue sky"; "a smooth channel crossing"; "scarcely a ripple on the still water"; "unruffled water"
not showy or obtrusive; "clothes in quiet good taste" free of noise or uproar; or making little if any sound; "a quiet audience at the concert"; "the room was dark and quiet" characterized by an absence or near absence of agitation or activity; "a quiet life"; "a quiet throng of onlookers"; "quiet peace-loving people"; "the factions remained quiet for almost 10 years
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