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quieten down British and Australian English

Meaning: If someone quietens down, they become calmer and less excited.

Synonym: calm down, settle down

For example:

  • quieten down The kids usually quieten down after lunch, and sometimes they even go to sleep.

  • quieten sth/sb down I wish my neighbour would quieten his dog down. It barks for hours.

Note: "Quiet down" is preferred usage in American English.

Variety: This is typically used in British and Australian English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz:

After their teacher came and quietened them down, the kids
  1. were really noisy
  2. weren't so noisy
  3. weren't so quiet

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