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silencenoun

uk   us   /ˈsaɪ.ləns/

silence noun (QUIET)

B1 [U] a period without any sound; complete quiet: A loud crash of thunder broke the silence of the night. Silence reigned (= there was complete silence) in the church.
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silence noun (NO SPEAKING)

B1 [U] a state of not speaking or writing or making a noise: The soldiers listened in silence as their captain gave the orders. "Silence! (= Stop talking!)" shouted the teacher. My request for help was met with silence (= I received no answer). Their mother's angry words reduced the children to silence.B2 [C] a period of time in which there is complete quiet or no speaking: Their conversation was punctuated by uncomfortable silences.C2 [U or C] a state of refusing to speak about something or answer questions, or a state of not communicating: My request for help was met with silence (= I received no answer). Her silence on/about what had happened to her surprised everyone. I don't expect to hear from her now, after three years' silence (= three years in which she has not spoken or written to me).
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silenceverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈsaɪ.ləns/
to make someone or something be quiet: The teacher raised his voice to silence the class (= to make them stop talking). Her remark about his appearance completely silenced him (= made him unable to answer).figurative The enemy's guns were silenced (= made to stop firing) in a surprise attack. to prevent someone from expressing their views or from criticizing or opposing someone: Big companies file lawsuits to silence their critics. The more they try to silence us, the more we will speak out. Al Capone silenced his opponents by killing them.
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