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whisper

verb uk   /ˈwɪs.pər/ us    /-pɚ/

whisper verb (SPEAK)

B2 [I or T] to speak very quietly, using the breath but not the voice, so that only the person close to you can hear you: She leaned over and whispered something in his ear. What are you two girls whispering about? [+ speech] "Where are the toilets?" she whispered. It's rude to whisper!
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whisper verb (SUGGEST)

[+ that] to suggest privately that something might be true: People are whispering that she's going to retire next year.

whisper

noun uk   /ˈwɪs.pər/ us    /-pɚ/

whisper noun (SPEECH)

[C] a way of speaking very quietly, using the breath but not the voice, so that only the person close to you can hear you: I heard whispers outside my room. She said it in a whisper so I presumed it wasn't common knowledge. "You see," she said, lowering her voice to a whisper, "he hasn't been well recently." [S] literary a soft, low noise: The silence was broken only by the whisper of the leaves in the gentle breeze.

whisper noun (SUGGESTION)

[C] a suggestion or piece of information that you hear privately from someone: I've heard a whisper thatthey're heading for divorce.
(Definition of whisper from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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