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pacify

verb [T]  /ˈpæs·əˌfɑɪ/ us  
to cause someone who is angry or upset to be calm and satisfied: The governor later apologized, but union members weren’t pacified. To pacify a place is to bring peace there or end a war: The US plans to send troops to pacify the country.
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