silence ( silences plural & 3rd person present) ( silencing present participle) ( silenced past tense & past participle )
1 n-var If there is silence, nobody is speaking.
oft in/of N
They stood in silence..., He never lets those long silences develop during dinner..., Then he bellowed `Silence!'
2 n-uncount Thesilenceof a place is the extreme quietness there.
oft the N of n
She breathed deeply, savouring the silence.
3 n-uncount Someone's silence about something is their failure or refusal to speak to other people about it.
oft poss N
The district court ruled that Popper's silence in court today should be entered as a plea of not guilty. If someone breaks their silence about something, they talk about something that they have not talked about before or for a long time.
break your silence phrase V inflects
Gary decided to break his silence about his son's suffering in the hope of helping other families.
4 verb To silence someone or something means to stop them speaking or making a noise.
A ringing phone silenced her... V n
5 verb If someone silences you, they stop you expressing opinions that they do not agree with.
Like other tyrants, he tried to silence anyone who spoke out against him. V n
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