Today’s Word: quell

January 18, 2017 =========

☆  quell  (不安などを)おさえる


When you quell something, you stop it. This word is usually used when talking about feelings. For example, you can quell an unpleasant feeling such as fear or anger, and this means that you stop yourself (or others) from having that feeling. So, a parent might quell a child’s fear of the dark by talking sweetly to them and letting them have a night light on in their room.

Or if you have an opportunity to speak English, but feel nervous about it then you could quell your fears of speaking English by practicing in advance. Or preparing a few key sentences to say at first so that you can feel more relaxed in the first few minutes. How else could you quell your fears or nervous feelings when you need to speak English?