Phrasal Verbs

calm down

This page is about the phrasal verb calm down


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


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

a. leave her alone

b. pick her up and hold her

c. shout at her

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