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"quiet" in American English

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quietadjective

 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 ​becomecalmer or less ​noisy: [T] He quieted the ​crowd by ​raising his ​hand. [I] After a ​greatdeal 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 British English

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quietadjective

uk   us   /kwaɪət/
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 (= ​stoptalking)! Could you keep quiet while I'm on the ​phone, ​please? She was as quiet as a ​mouse (= very quiet). I didn't ​evenknow 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, ​almosttaciturn, ​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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quietness
noun [U] uk   us   /-nəs/
This ​luxurycarofferscomfort, quietness and ​speed.

quietnoun [U]

uk   us   /kwaɪət/
B2 the ​state of being ​silent: Let's have some quiet! I go ​camping for some peace and quiet (= ​absence of ​activity and ​excitement).

quietverb [I or T]

uk   us   /ˈkwaɪə.t/ US (UK quieten)
(Definition of quiet from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"quiet" in Business English

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quietadjective

uk   us   /kwaɪət/
if ​business is quiet, there is not much ​activity: The ​foreignexchangemarkets were ​relatively quiet. The FTSE 100 ​fell 23 to 4719.4 as ​traders braced themselves for a quiet ​perioddue to today's US Thanksgiving ​holiday.
(Definition of quiet from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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