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Definition of pacify verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they pacify
    he / she / it pacifies
    past simple pacified
    -ing form pacifying
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  1. 1pacify somebody to make someone 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
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noun [uncountable]
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