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calm

adjective uk   /kɑːm/ us  
B1 peaceful, quiet, and without worry: He has a very calm manner. Now keep calm everyone, the police are on their way.Calm and relaxed without hurried movement or noise: After a night of fighting, the streets are now calm.Calm and relaxed B1 describes weather when there is no wind, or the sea or a lake when it is still and has no wavesDescribing good weather
calmly
adverb uk   /ˈkɑːm.li/ us  
B2 in a quiet or relaxed way: She reacted surprisingly calmly to the news of his death.Calm and relaxed
calmness
noun [U] uk   /ˈkɑːm.nəs/ us  

calm

verb [T] uk   /kɑːm/ us  
to stop someone feeling upset, angry, or excited: He tried to calm the screaming baby by rocking it back and forth.Calming and relaxingReassuring calm sb's fears to make someone feel less worried about somethingCalming and relaxingReassuring
Phrasal verbs

calm

noun uk   /kɑːm/ us  
a quiet or peaceful period or situation: It was the calm of the countryside that he loved so much.Calm and relaxed a quiet and relaxed mannerCalm and relaxed
(Definition of calm from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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