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silence

noun  /ˈsɑɪ·ləns/ us  

silence noun (QUIET)

[U] an absence of sound; complete quiet: A profound silence spread itself through the sleeping house.

silence noun (NO SPEAKING)

[C/U] a state of not speaking or making noise: [U] The two men ate in silence and listened to traffic swishing past on the highway. [C] Her question was followed by a long silence (= a long period of time in which no one spoke).

silence

verb [T]  /ˈsɑɪ·ləns/ us  

silence verb [T] (STOP FROM SPEAKING)

to stop someone from speaking or from criticizing: Successful action could silence the administration’s critics.
Translations of “silence”
in Korean 침묵, 고요…
in Arabic سُكوت, صَمْت…
in French silence…
in Turkish sessizlik, sükût, susma…
in Italian silenzio…
in Chinese (Traditional) 安靜, 寧靜, 寂靜…
in Russian тишина, молчание, пауза…
in Polish cisza, milczenie…
in Spanish silencio…
in Portuguese silêncio…
in German das Schweigen, die Schweigsamkeit…
in Catalan silenci…
in Japanese 静けさ, 沈黙・無言の間(ま)…
in Chinese (Simplified) 安静, 宁静, 寂静…
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