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pacify

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Government
pacifypac‧i‧fy /ˈpæsɪfaɪ/ verb (pacified, pacifying, pacifies) [transitive]  1 CALMto make someone calm, quiet, and satisfied after they have been angry or upset ‘You’re right, ’ Rita said, in order to pacify him.2 PGPEACE/NO WARto stop groups of people from fighting or protesting, often by using force Economic reforms are needed to pacify and modernize the country.
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pacifyThey will be met with measures that no longer seek to pacify but only to contain.Yucatan, although not completely pacified, had been reincorporated into the federal union in July.It was no use trying to pacify him; he was simply too upset.They had to use drugs to pacify him.As I drove home, I tried to think how I was going to pacify my wife, who was sure to be angry.But it will also be needed to pacify old adversaries, and to prevent small crises from becoming big ones.When we pacified the bopping gang of a decade ago, its members turned to narcotics and self-mutilation.Some critics question its sustainability and others view it as a sop to pacify the poor.On August 20, the army recaptured the city and pacified the surrounding area.But the expulsion did not pacify the Tory civil war, as the contenders traded recriminations.By saying the war was over, the territory pacified, they would make it so.
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Verb table
pacify
Simple Form
Present
I, you, we, theypacify
he, she, itpacifies
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Past
I, you, he, she, it, we, theypacified
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave pacified
he, she, ithas pacified
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad pacified
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill pacify
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have pacified
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Continuous Form
Present
Iam pacifying
he, she, itis pacifying
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you, we, theyare pacifying
Past
I, he, she, itwas pacifying
you, we, theywere pacifying
Present perfect
I, you, we, theyhave been pacifying
he, she, ithas been pacifying
Past perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theyhad been pacifying
Future
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill be pacifying
Future perfect
I, you, he, she, it, we, theywill have been pacifying
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