Meaning of “quiet” in the English Dictionary

"quiet" in English

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uk /ˈkwaɪ.ət/ us /ˈkwaɪ.ət/

A2 making very little noise:

She spoke in a quiet voice so as not to wake him.
It's so quiet without the kids here.
Please be quiet (= stop talking)!
Could you keep quiet while I'm on the phone, please?
She was as quiet as a mouse (= very quiet). I didn't even know she'd come in.
Note: Do not confuse with quite.

A2 having little activity or excitement and few people:

a quiet, peaceful little village
It was a quiet wedding, with just a few friends and relations.
Business is quiet during the holidays.

B1 A quiet person is one who does not talk much:

He was a quiet, almost taciturn, young man.
keep (sth) quiet

C2 to try to stop other people from finding out about a fact:

She managed to keep the operation quiet for a while.
Davies kept quiet about the amount of money being spent.

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noun [ U ] uk /ˈkwaɪət.nəs/ us /ˈkwaɪət.nəs/

This luxury car offers comfort, quietness and speed.

quietnoun [ U ]

uk /ˈkwaɪ.ət/ us /ˈkwaɪ.ət/

quietverb [ I or T ]

uk /ˈkwaɪ.ət/ us /ˈkwaɪ.ət/ US UK quieten

(Definition of “quiet” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quiet" in American English

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us /ˈkwɑɪ·ɪt/

quiet adjective (MAKING NO NOISE)

making very little or no noise:

Our new dishwasher is very quiet.
Be quiet (= Stop making noise)!

A quiet person is one who does not talk much:

a shy, quiet child

quiet adjective (WITHOUT ACTIVITY)

[ -er/-est only ] without much activity or many people:

a quiet neighborhood
a quiet candlelit dinner

quietnoun [ U ]

us /ˈkwɑɪ·ɪt/

quiet noun [ U ] (SILENCE)

the state of being silent:

Let’s have some quiet in here!

quiet noun [ U ] (ABSENCE OF ACTIVITY)

the absence of activity and excitement:

After a hard day at work, all she wanted was some peace and quiet.

quietverb [ I/T ]

us /ˈkwɑɪ·ɪt/

quiet verb [ I/T ] (BECOME LESS NOISY)

to become or cause to become calmer or less noisy:

[ T ] He quieted the crowd by raising his hand.
[ I ] After a great deal of crying, the baby quieted down.
[ M ] I tried to quiet him down.

(Definition of “quiet” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"quiet" in Business English

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uk /kwaɪət/ us

if business is quiet, there is not much activity:

The FTSE 100 fell 23 to 4719.4 as traders braced themselves for a quiet period due to today's US Thanksgiving holiday.

(Definition of “quiet” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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