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English definition of “silent”

silent

adjective (NO SPEAKING)    /ˈsaɪ.lənt/
B2 without talking: She whispered a silent prayer that her wounded brother would not die. The police officer told the criminal that he had the right to remain silent. The minister was silent on/about his plans for the future. Arthur has always been the strong, silent type (= a type of person, usually a man, who says very little).Falling silent and not speaking silently     /-li/ adverb
(Definition of silent adjective (NO SPEAKING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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