silence Meaning in Cambridge American English Dictionary
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silencenoun

 us   /ˈsɑɪ·ləns/

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).

silenceverb [T]

 us   /ˈsɑɪ·ləns/

silence verb [T] (STOP FROM SPEAKING)

to stop someone from speaking or from criticizing: Successful action could silence the administration’s critics.
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