- 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.
- 2quell something to stop or reduce strong or unpleasant feelings synonym calm to quell your fears
NAmE//kwɛl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they quell
he / she / it quells
past simple quelled
-ing form quelling