I've just seen a line of text warning of a systems upgrade that says: "...applications that utilize [the system] will be quieted on..."
Leaving aside the -ize suffix on "utilize", I would have said "...applications that utilize the system will be quiesced on..."
Somewhat maddeningly the original text doesn't explain how the applications will be quieted, whether they have a quiet mode, or what attributes they have that enable them to be quieted, but I would infer from the context that there's some command or set of commands that can be issued that will perform said quieting.
I've looked both words up in Wiktionary but am still at a loss to know if both words are interchangeable or if one usage is more correct than the other.
Here are the Wiktionary definitions:
- To become quiet, silent, still, tranquil, calm.
- To cause someone to become quiet.
- Become quiet or quieter.
- To make temporarily inactive or disabled.
(Interestingly the browser puts a red squiggly under quiesced)