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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.
(Definition of silence from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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