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English definition of “silence”

silence

verb [T]     /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 Al Capone silenced his opponents (= prevented them from opposing him) by killing them.figurative The enemy's guns were silenced (= made to stop firing ) in a surprise attack .Falling silent and not speaking
(Definition of silence verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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