Definition of pacify verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    pacify

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈpæsɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæsɪfaɪ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pacify
    BrE BrE//ˈpæsɪfaɪ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæsɪfaɪ//
     
    he / she / it pacifies
    BrE BrE//ˈpæsɪfaɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæsɪfaɪz//
     
    past simple pacified
    BrE BrE//ˈpæsɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæsɪfaɪd//
     
    past participle pacified
    BrE BrE//ˈpæsɪfaɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæsɪfaɪd//
     
    -ing form pacifying
    BrE BrE//ˈpæsɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpæsɪfaɪɪŋ//
     
    Peacekeeping
     
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  1. 1pacify somebody to make somebody who is angry or upset become calm and quiet synonym placate The baby could not be pacified. The speech was designed to pacify the irate crowd.
  2. 2pacify something to bring peace to an area where there is fighting or a war a turbulent period before the country was pacified See related entries: Peacekeeping
  3. Word Origin late 15th cent. (earlier (late Middle English) as pacification): from Old French pacefier, from Latin pacificare, based on pax, pac- ‘peace’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pacify