calm


calm
[[t]kɑ͟ːm[/t]]
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calmer, calmest, calms, calming, calmed
1) ADJ-GRADED A calm person does not show or feel any worry, anger, or excitement.

She is usually a calm and diplomatic woman...

Try to keep calm and just tell me what happened...

She sighed, then continued in a soft, calm voice...

Diane felt very calm and unafraid as she saw him off the next morning.

Derived words:
calmly ADV-GRADED usu ADV with v, also ADV adj

Alan looked at him and said calmly, `I don't believe you.'...

Hungary, by contrast, has so far reacted calmly to events in Yugoslavia.

calmness N-UNCOUNT

All those things gave him a feeling of security and calmness.

N-UNCOUNT: also a N
Calm is also a noun.

He felt a sudden sense of calm, of contentment.

2) VERB If you calm someone, you do something to make them feel less angry, worried, or excited.

[V n] The ruling party's veterans know how to calm their critics...

[V n] Tranquilliser drugs were used to calm the deportees...

[V n] She was breathing quickly and tried to calm herself...

[V n] A business lunch helps calm her nerves.

Derived words:
calming ADJ-GRADED

...a fresh, cool fragrance which produces a very calming effect on the mind.

3) N-UNCOUNT Calm is used to refer to a quiet, still, or peaceful atmosphere in a place.

The house projects an atmosphere of neoclassical calm and order.

...the rural calm of Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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4) ADJ-GRADED: usu v-link ADJ If someone says that a place is calm, they mean that it is free from fighting or public disorder, when trouble has recently occurred there or had been expected. [JOURNALISM]

The city of Sarajevo appears relatively calm today.

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N-UNCOUNT: also a N
Calm is also a noun.

Community and church leaders have appealed for calm and no retaliation... An uneasy calm is reported to be prevailing in the area.

5) VERB To calm a situation means to reduce the amount of trouble, violence, or panic there is.

[V n] Officials hoped admitting fewer foreigners would calm the situation...

[V n] Mr Beazer tried to calm the protests by promising to keep the company's base in Pittsburgh.

6) ADJ-GRADED If the sea or a lake is calm, the water is not moving very much and there are no big waves.

...as we slid into the calm waters of Cowes Harbour.

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7) ADJ-GRADED Calm weather is pleasant weather with little or no wind.

Tuesday was a fine, clear and calm day.

8) N-COUNT: usu supp N In sailing, a flat calm or a dead calm is a condition of the sea or the weather in which there is very little wind or movement of the water. [TECHNICAL]

...during flat calms when the water is crystal clear...

We had the whole gamut of wind from a dead calm to a force 10 gale.

9) VERB When the sea calms, it becomes still because the wind stops blowing strongly. When the wind calms, it stops blowing strongly.

Dawn came, the sea calmed but the cold was as bitter as ever.

10) VERB To calm a pain or an itch means to reduce it or get rid of it.

[V n] ...more traditional methods of soothing the skin and calming the itch.

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11) PHRASE You can use the calm before the storm to refer to a quiet period in which there is little or no activity, before a period in which there is a lot of trouble or intense activity.
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