Definitions for pacifyˈpæs əˌfaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

pac•i•fyˈpæs əˌfaɪ(v.t.)-fied, -fy•ing.

  1. to bring or restore to a state of peace or tranquillity; quiet; calm.

  2. to appease:

    to pacify one's appetite.

  3. to reduce to a submissive state; subdue.

Origin of pacify:

1425–75; late ME < L pācificāre to make peace. See pacific , -fy


Princeton's WordNet

  1. pacify, lenify, conciliate, assuage, appease, mollify, placate, gentle, gruntle(verb)

    cause to be more favorably inclined; gain the good will of

    "She managed to mollify the angry customer"

  2. pacify(verb)

    fight violence and try to establish peace in (a location)

    "The U.N. troops are working to pacify Bosnia"


  1. pacify(Verb)

    To bring peace to (a place or situation), by ending war, fighting, violence, anger or agitation.

  2. pacify(Verb)

    To appease (someone).

  3. Origin: From Latin pax + verb facio.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pacify(verb)

    to make to be at peace; to appease; to calm; to still; to quiet; to allay the agitation, excitement, or resentment of; to tranquillize; as, to pacify a man when angry; to pacify pride, appetite, or importunity

Translations for pacify

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make calm or peaceful

She tried to pacify the quarrelling children.

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