Definition of “calm” - English Dictionary

“calm” in British English

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uk /kɑːm/ us /kɑːm/

B1 peaceful, quiet, and without worry:

He has a very calm manner.
Now keep calm everyone, the police are on their way.

without hurried movement or noise:

After a night of fighting, the streets are now calm.

B1 If the weather is calm, there is no wind, or if the sea or a lake is calm, it is still and has no waves.

More examples

  • I was extremely angry but I'm feeling a little calmer now.
  • He seemed calm on the surface although I suspect he was furious inside.
  • You've got to appear calm in an interview even if you're terrified underneath.
  • He usually stays quite calm in meetings but this time he just lost his head.
  • She spoke with calm assurance.
adverb uk /ˈkɑː us /ˈkɑː


  • OK everyone, let's all quiet down and talk about this calmly.
  • He was angry but he managed, with great self-restraint, to reply calmly.
  • If the fire alarm goes off , leave the building quickly and calmly.
  • He seems rather a nervous character but in fact he works very calmly and efficiently.
  • Suntanned and relaxed, the new boss looked calmly about the room and appeared completely in command.

B2 in a quiet or relaxed way:

She reacted surprisingly calmly to the news of his death.
noun [ U ] uk /ˈkɑːm.nəs/ us /ˈkɑːm.nəs/

calmverb [ T ]

uk /kɑːm/ us /kɑːm/


uk /kɑːm/ us /kɑːm/

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

“calm” in American English

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calmadjective [ -er/-est only ]

us /kɑm, kɑlm/

peaceful, quiet, or relaxed; without hurried movement, anxiety, or noise:

The pilot said we’d have to make an emergency landing, and the flight attendants tried to keep us calm.

If weather is described as calm, it is not windy, and if the sea is described as calm, it is still or has only small waves:

Our ship arrived at the Mississippi delta on a calm, clear night.
noun [ U ] us /kɑm, kɑlm/

Amid the calm, there was a sense that something could happen at any moment.
adverb us /ˈkɑm·li, ˈkɑlm-/

He calmly made both free throws to win the game.
noun [ U ] us /ˈkɑm·nəs, ˈkɑlm-/

The calmness and professionalism of the crew gave us confidence.

calmverb [ I/T ]

us /kɑm, kɑlm/

to lessen someone's anxiety or make them more peaceful, quiet, or relaxed:

[ T ] He tried his best to calm her (down).
[ I ] I needed some time to calm down.

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

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