Calm - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |kɑːm|  American pronunciation of the word calm
Brit.  |kɑːm|  British pronunciation of the word calm


- steadiness of mind under stress (syn: calmness, composure, equanimity)
- wind moving at less than 1 knot; 0 on the Beaufort scale


- make calm or still (syn: calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillize)
- make steady (syn: becalm, steady)
- become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation (syn: calm down, cool off, settle down, simmer down)
- cause to be calm or quiet as by administering a sedative to (syn: sedate, tranquilize, tranquillize)


- not agitated; without losing self-possession (syn: serene, tranquil)
spoke in a calm voice
remained calm throughout the uproar

Extra examples

After two days of violent protests, the mayor appealed for calm.

The calm was broken by another terrorist bombing.

Police tried to restore calm after the riot.

A quiet calm settled over the city.

His words were effective in calming her fears.

The medicine helped calm her breathing.

The teacher asked us to remain calm after the fire alarm went off.

Let's try to have a calm discussion about your grades.

The sea is much calmer at the bottom, than in any part nearer its surface.

Before and after earthquakes there is a calm in the air.

Calm down, there's nothing to worry about.

The wind seems to be calming down at last.

Glen was calm and composed at the funeral.

I tried to stay calm and just ignore him.

The financial markets are calm at the moment.

Phrasal verbs

calm down  — become quiet or calm, especially after a state of agitation

Word forms

I/you/we/they: calm
he/she/it: calms
present participle: calming
past tense: calmed
past participle: calmed
comparative: calmer
superlative: calmest
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