tr.v. quelled, quell·ing, quells
1. To put down forcibly; suppress: Police quelled the riot.
2. To pacify; quiet: finally quelled the children's fears.
[Middle English quellen, to kill, from Old English cwellan; see gwelə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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