to break the silence meaning, to break the silence definition | English Cobuild dictionary



  ( 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  
Translation English - Cobuild Collins Dictionary  
Collaborative Dictionary     English Cobuild
(in an organization) set up a more informal structure/workflow/environment; give up on communication protocols between departments
1. break; fall apart; 2. be in a bad mood


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