hush

To hush is to become quiet. When an audience is eager to hear a speaker, it will hush as soon as she begins to talk.

Train passengers will usually hush their conversations when the conductor reminds them that they're in the quiet car, and one of a kindergarten teacher's skills is getting his class to hush. In fact, to quiet another person or group of people is also to hush: "The principal impatiently hushes the students as soon as they start giggling." A peaceful silence is another kind of hush. In Middle English, it was the imitative huisht.

Definitions of hush
  1. verb
    become quiet or still; fall silent
    hush my baby!”
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    change
    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
  2. verb
    become quiet or quieter
    synonyms: pipe down, quiesce, quiet, quiet down, quieten
    hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
    cause to be quiet or not talk
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    louden
    become louder
    louden
    cause to become loud
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    change intensity
    increase or decrease in intensity
  3. verb
    cause to be quiet or not talk
    synonyms: hush up, quieten, shut up, silence, still
    pipe down, quiesce, quiet, quiet down, quieten
    become quiet or quieter
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    louden
    cause to become loud
    louden
    become louder
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    shush
    silence (someone) by uttering 'shush!'
    calm down, lull
    become quiet or less intensive
    shout down
    silence or overwhelm by shouting
    gag, muzzle
    prevent from speaking out
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    conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
    to put down by force or authority
  4. noun
    (poetic) tranquil silence
    synonyms: still, stillness
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    quiet, silence
    the absence of sound
  5. verb
    wash by removing particles
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    lave, wash
    cleanse (one's body) with soap and water
  6. verb
    run water over the ground to erode (soil), revealing the underlying strata and valuable minerals
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    type of:
    irrigate, water
    supply with water, as with channels or ditches or streams
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