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Princeton's WordNet

  1. squelch, quell, quenchverb

    suppress or crush completely

    "squelch any sign of dissent"; "quench a rebellion"

  2. quell, stay, appeaseverb

    overcome or allay

    "quell my hunger"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quellverb

    to die

    Etymology: [See Quail to cower.]

  2. Quellverb

    to be subdued or abated; to yield; to abate

    Etymology: [See Quail to cower.]

  3. Quellverb

    to take the life of; to kill

    Etymology: [See Quail to cower.]

  4. Quellverb

    to overpower; to subdue; to put down

    Etymology: [See Quail to cower.]

  5. Quellverb

    to quiet; to allay; to pacify; to cause to yield or cease; as, to quell grief; to quell the tumult of the soul

    Etymology: [See Quail to cower.]

  6. Quellnoun


    Etymology: [See Quail to cower.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Quell

    kwel, v.t. to crush: subdue: to allay.—v.i. to die, perish, (Shak.) abate.—ns. Quell (Shak.), murder: (Keats) power of quelling; Quell′er, one who quells or crushes: a slayer. [A.S. cwellan, to kill, causal of cwelan, to die. Cf. Quail (v.).]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. quell

    To crush; to subdue; to put down; to reduce; as, the military were called out to quell the riot.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quell in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quell in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of quell in a Sentence

  1. Howell Township Police:

    We had extra patrols at the high school this morning to quell any parent’s concerns, however there was no credible threat for violence.

  2. Eric Schmitt:

    Time and again, the Biden administration has refused to take concrete action to quell the worsening border crisis, inviting the cartels and human drug smugglers to take advantage of our porous border, without a border wall, illegal immigrants, coyotes, and bad actors can simply march across our southern border and into the interior. The border wall needs to be built, the funds have been appropriated to continue to build the wall, and yet the Biden Administration outright refuses to do so.

  3. Martinez Rosas:

    What is happening in Texas is a deliberate attack by far-right politicians who will do anything to quell Black, brown, immigrant, and LGBTQ communities both in Texas and other Republican-controlled states across the country.

  4. Officer Garrett Swasey:

    There was no way any of us could have kept Officer Garrett Swasey here, officer Garrett Swasey was always willing to go... Officer Garrett Swasey had an enthusiasm that was hard to quell.

  5. Liu Xiaoming:

    We have enough solutions and enough power within the limits of (the) Basic Law to quell any unrest swiftly, the central government of China will never allow a few violent offenders to drag Hong Kong down a dangerous road, down a dangerous abyss.

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    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • A. elate
    • B. affront
    • C. summon
    • D. embellish

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