1 peaceful situation/manner/feeling

Under his apparent calm lay real anxiety.


the pursuit of inner calm


With a forced calm she said, ‘How do you know?’


She felt not fear, but a kind of dead calm.

deadly, deathly, eerie, icy

‘I'm calling the police!’ he stated with deadly calm.

appeal for, call for

The government appealed for calm after the riots broke out.


Calm had been restored to the capital.

maintain, regain

He struggled to maintain his calm as they waited.


The calm was shattered by the sound of an explosion.

descend, settle

After the bomb, an uneasy calm settled on the city.

a period of calm
2 at sea
dead, flat (esp. BrE)

The water was a dead calm.

Seals basked on boulders in a flat calm.

Calm is used with these nouns as the object: ↑fear, ↑mind, ↑nerve, ↑situation
appear, be, feel, look, seem, sound

I may have appeared calm but I certainly didn't feel it.

keep, remain, stay

Sit down and keep calm!

The pilot urged the passengers to remain calm.

keep sb

Keep the patient calm.

extremely, fairly, very, etc.

You seem remarkably calm.

completely, perfectly

Her voice was firm and perfectly calm.


The voice sounded outwardly calm.


The pain had receded and he felt strangely calm.


The sea was dead calm.


She seemed pretty calm about it.

calm and collected, cool, calm and collected

He remained at all times cool, calm and collected.

Calm is used with these nouns: ↑assurance, ↑atmosphere, ↑composure, ↑confidence, ↑deliberation, ↑dignity, ↑expression, ↑exterior, ↑manner, ↑ocean, ↑reassurance, ↑sea, ↑surface, ↑tone, ↑voice, ↑water, ↑weather

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