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Definition of quell verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quell
    he / she / it quells
    past simple quelled
    -ing form quelling
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  1. 1quell something/somebody to stop something such as violent behavior or protests Extra police were called in to quell the disturbances. (figurative) She started to giggle, but Bob quelled her with a look.
  2. 2quell something to stop or reduce strong or unpleasant feelings synonym calm to quell your fears
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