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calm down

Meaning: If a person who is excited or agitated calms down, they become calmer and less excited or agitated.

Synonym: quieten down, settle down

For example:

  • calm down If your dog gets excited and starts to bark and pull on the leash, stop and wait until he calms down, and then start walking again.

  • calm sb/sth down The plane flew into some storm clouds, and when the turbulance began the crew had to calm the passengers down.

Quick Quiz:

If a child is frightened, the best way to calm her down is to
  1. leave her alone
  2. pick her up and hold her
  3. shout at her

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