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Below you will find the definition of quell, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(verb) - overcome or allay
EXAMPLES - Quell in a Sentence
- Steinhafel's apology didn't quell the growing discontent. (source)
- Sanchez's performance Sunday did nothing to quell his critics. (source)
- Releasing the roughly 2,000 political prisoners would quell doubts. (source)
- That system uses the stability control to quell trailer sway once it begins. (source)
- At a soccer game there, police were called to quell a disturbance among the fans. (source)
- If it holds its ground in June, it may quell some fears that the recovery is losing steam. (source)
- Market action this week will reveal whether the most recent moves are sufficient to quell uncertainly. (source)
- November, Sony Music issued a track called quell rumours that some of Jackson's vocals on the album were "fake". (source)
- Some legislators in Illinois say it is time to call out the National Guard to quell the summer violence in Chicago. (source)
- In a desperate attempt to quell the furor his incendiary comments produced, Huckabee has entered damage-control mode. (source)
- More clarity might quell any lingering fears in financial markets that the bank might prematurely tighten monetary policy. (source)
- The suggested changes did little to quell concerns among employers who have opposed the measure since it was unveiled in June. (source)
- Huang's mishmash book, with its profusion of Chan material, will certainly complicate, not quell, the debate over Chan's legacy. (source)
- Police were deployed to quell riots in the Zambian copper mining cities of Kitwe and Ndola, according to Martin Malama, a local police chief. (source)
- Last week, social-networking app maker Path Inc. sought to quell reports that it stored address-book information of users without their consent. (source)
- In 1982, Assad's father, Hafez Assad, ordered the military to quell a rebellion by Syrian members of the conservative Muslim Brotherhood movement. (source)
- I think actually he reached out very aggressively basically to the right during the campaign, kind of quell these fears that he was soft on Israel. (source)
- Some of the backsides that polls say Americans may most want the president to kick may belong to people he needs to quell and clean up the oil spill. (source)
- Predictably, there has been much populist outrage and Goldman has taken steps to quell public anger and (far more worrisome to them) government regulation. (source)
- The euro zone's failure to quell the debt crisis has sparked frustration from the International Monetary Fund and the U.S. and volatility in financial markets. (source)
- To quell those fears, Pier 1 aggressively cut costs, reduced inventories and reined in discounting to combat the weak housing market and sluggish consumer spending. (source)
- I have to laugh when Democrats tell their Republican counterparts to tell these right wing upstarts that they need "adult supervision" in order to quell this behavior. (source)
- This approach helps to quell public concern, but it's a hugely inefficient way to deal with future risks, especially at a time when lethal microbes are frequent fliers. (source)
- Thus, as we have noted, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a practicing Mormon, had to quell concerns about his religion during his presidential bid in 2008. (source)
- Kazakhstan's government is arresting critics at an unprecedented pace in a bid to quell dissent over recent parliamentary elections and a crackdown on an oil-worker strike. (source)
- Some critics of the federal government plans involving local police agencies and churches cite FEMA's attempt to "quell" dissent and facilitate the confiscation of guns from private citizens. (source)
- The only way to "quell" al Queda and other terrorist organisations is to send black ops to destroy the terrorist cells and so called "madrasas" that are teaching twisted definitions of shahid and jihad. (source)
- However, he also suggested that enacting it would not quell conservative criticism, arguing that it would be even better to hold suspects like Mr. Shahzad as military detainees for lengthier interrogation. (source)
- Demonstrators led by students demanding cheaper and better state education blocked roads and lit fires as police used water cannons and tear gas to quell the latest outcry against the conservative billionaire. (source)
- The world's leading central banks joined forces to offer Europe's beleaguered banks easy access to dollars, acting to quell fears that the region's lenders could fall victim to the euro-zone's government debt crisis. (source)
- Libya's rebels disbanded the group's de facto cabinet soon after Mr Younis's death, but with the exception of a few isolated incidents, the leadership managed to quell anger and maintain order within the ranks until now. (source)
- For instance, virtually all teams, even at the very highest level, will, when the opponents are attacking and one of the defenders can get his foot on the ball, will simply whack it, hard, up the field to quell the danger. (source)
- Still, she could face some tough questions over whether the San Francisco Fed acted aggressively enough to quell reckless banking on the West Coast, where a large number of financial institutions have failed in the last two years. (source)
- Senator BEN NELSON (Democrat, Nebraska): Based on my conversations with her and reading of her remarks, I can't quell those concerns back home, nor can I quell my own concern about where she may be in terms of the Second Amendment. (source)
- Sectarian violence in this central region of Nigeria has left thousands dead over the past decade, and the latest outbreak that began Sunday came despite the government's efforts to quell religious extremism in the West African country. (source)
- In another move designed to quell anti-Japanese sentiment, Japan's prime minister, Naoto Kan, last week expressed "deep remorse" for his country's 35-year occupation of Korea, a gesture welcomed by his counterpart, Lee Myung-bak, as "a step forward". (source)
- This healthy approach involves acceptance of our genetic body structure, willingness to feed our bodies enough foods to quell hunger, sustain energy and the practice of speaking to ourselves without judgment and blame for "who we are not," and "what we do not look like." (source)
- But recently we've heard very different messages from some police and politicians in the United Kingdom and from officials at the Bay Area Rapid Transit District BART in San Francisco, whichactuallycut off cell phone service at fourundergroundstations to quell a planned protest. (source)
- European Central Bank executive board member Lorenzo Bini Smaghi said at a conference in New York on Monday that euro-zone policy makers are already looking at ways to increase the capabilities of the European Financial Stability Facility, to quell market fears of contagion within the bloc. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 46.0, which suggests that "quell" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 21 synonyms for quell.
annihilate, conquer, crush, extinguish, hush up, kill, overcome, overpower, put down, put the lid on, queer, quench, shut down, silence, sit on, stamp out, stifle, stop, subdue, subjugate, vanquish
We have 18 antonyms for quell.
aggravate, agitate, begin, build up, compliment, disturb, encourage, help, irritate, lose, perturb, praise, release, start, succeed, surrender, win, yield
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of quell from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (verb-transitive) To put down forcibly; suppress: Police quelled the riot.
- (verb-transitive) To pacify; quiet: finally quelled the children's fears.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A spring or fountain.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (verb-intransitive) To die.
- (verb-intransitive) To be subdued or abated; to yield; to abate.
- (verb-transitive) To take the life of; to kill.
- (verb-transitive) To overpower; to subdue; to put down.
- (verb-transitive) To quiet; to allay; to pacify; to cause to yield or cease
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) To cause to die; put to death; kill; slay.
- (None) To cause to cease; subdue; crush: as, to quell an insurrection.
- (None) To reduce to peace or inaction; quiet; allay.
- (None) To dash out; destroy.
- (None) Synonyms To overpower, put down, lay, smother.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (verb) overcome or allay
- (verb) suppress or crush completely