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pacify

verb [T] uk   /ˈpæs.ɪ.faɪ/ us  

pacify verb [T] (CALM)

to cause someone who is angry or upset to be calm and satisfied: He pacified his crying child with a bottle. It was difficult for the police to pacify the angry crowd.

pacify verb [T] (PEACE)

to bring peace to a place or end war in a place: A UN force has been sent in to try and pacify the area worst affected by the civil war.
pacification
noun [U] uk   /ˌpæs.ɪ.fɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us  
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