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pacify

Pronunciation: /ˈpæsəfaɪ; ˈpæsɪfaɪ/

Translation of pacify in Spanish:

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-fies, -fying, -fied)

  • 1.1 (satisfy) apaciguar*, calmar
    Example sentences
    • A plumber was stabbed in the chest and died within minutes when he tried to pacify an angry man armed with a knife outside a public house, a jury was told.
    • Even Mr Deshpande's apology failed to pacify him.
    • The traffic policeman, who arrives late, tries to pacify everyone.
    1.2 (restore to peace) [country/area] pacificar*
    Example sentences
    • The idea of occupying and pacifying a country by airpower alone, or with the air force as the primary force employed, is especially attractive to airmen.
    • Caesar campaigns against the Belgii; all northern Gaul apparently pacified.
    • Linn's book is a detailed operational history of military action to pacify and restore order to the islands.

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