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CALM

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does calm mean? 

CALM (noun)
  The noun CALM has 1 sense:

1. steadiness of mind under stress

  Familiarity information: CALM used as a noun is very rare.


CALM (adjective)
  The adjective CALM has 3 senses:

1. not agitated; without losing self-possession
2. (of weather) free from storm or wind
3. living without undue worry; taking life easy

  Familiarity information: CALM used as an adjective is uncommon.


CALM (verb)
  The verb CALM has 4 senses:

1. make calm or still
2. make steady
3. become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation
4. cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to

  Familiarity information: CALM used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CALM (noun)


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Meaning:

Steadiness of mind under stress

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

calm; calmness; composure; equanimity

Context example:

he accepted their problems with composure and she with equanimity

Hypernyms ("calm" is a kind of...):

disposition; temperament (your usual mood)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "calm"):

aplomb; assuredness; cool; poise; sang-froid (great coolness and composure under strain)

placidity; quiet; repose; serenity; tranquility; tranquillity (a disposition free from stress or emotion)


CALM (adjective)


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Meaning:

Not agitated; without losing self-possession

Synonyms:

serene; calm; tranquil; unagitated

Context examples:

spoke in a calm voice / remained calm throughout the uproar / he remained serene in the midst of turbulence / a serene expression on her face / she became more tranquil / tranquil life in the country

Similar:

composed (serenely self-possessed and free from agitation especially in times of stress)


Sense 2calm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of weather) free from storm or wind

Context example:

calm seas

Similar:

windless (without or almost without wind)

settled (not changeable)

placid; quiet; smooth; still; tranquil; unruffled ((of a body of water) free from disturbance by heavy waves)

Also:

peaceful (not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war)

Antonym:

stormy ((especially of weather) affected or characterized by storms or commotion)


Sense 3calm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Living without undue worry; taking life easy

Synonyms:

calm; placid; easygoing

Context examples:

an easygoing man rarely stirred to anger / an air of placid sufficiency

Similar:

content; contented (satisfied or showing satisfaction with things as they are)


CALM (verb)


Sense 1calm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make calm or still

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

tranquillize; tranquillise; tranquilize; still; calm; quieten; quiet; calm down; lull

Context example:

quiet the dragons of worry and fear

Hypernyms (to "calm" is one way to...):

comfort; console; solace; soothe (give moral or emotional strength to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "calm"):

lull (calm by deception)

compose (calm (someone, especially oneself); make quiet)

appease; assuage; conciliate; gentle; gruntle; lenify; mollify; pacify; placate (cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of)

assure; reassure (cause to feel sure; give reassurance to)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

The performance is likely to calm Sue

Antonym:

agitate (cause to be agitated, excited, or roused)


Sense 2calm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make steady

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

becalm; steady; calm

Context example:

steady yourself

Hypernyms (to "calm" is one way to...):

stabilise; stabilize (become stable or more stable)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 3calm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

simmer down; cool off; cool it; chill out; calm down; settle down; calm

Context examples:

After the fight both men need to cool off. / It took a while after the baby was born for things to settle down again.

Hypernyms (to "calm" is one way to...):

change state; turn (undergo a transformation or a change of position or action)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


Sense 4calm [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

sedate; tranquillize; tranquillise; tranquilize; calm

Context example:

The patient must be sedated before the operation

Hypernyms (to "calm" is one way to...):

affect (act physically on; have an effect upon)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "calm"):

hypnotise; hypnotize; mesmerise; mesmerize (induce hypnosis in)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s somebody


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