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Meaning of “silent” in the English Dictionary

"silent" in British English

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silentadjective

uk   us   /ˈsaɪ.lənt/
  • silent adjective (QUIET)

B1 without any ​sound: The ​emptyhouse was ​completely silent.literary It was four o'clock in the ​morning and the ​streets were as silent as the ​grave (= ​completely silent).

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  • silent adjective (NO SPEAKING)

B2 without ​talking: She ​whispered a silent ​prayer that her ​woundedbrother would not ​die. The ​policeofficer told the ​criminal that he had the ​right to ​remain silent. He 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).

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silently
adverb uk   us   /-li/

silentnoun [U]

uk   us   /ˈsaɪ.lənt/
a setting on an ​electronicdevice that ​stops it from making a ​noise when it ​receives a ​message: The show's about to ​start so I'm putting my ​phone on silent.
(Definition of silent from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"silent" in American English

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silentadjective

 us   /ˈsɑɪ·lənt/
  • silent adjective (NOT SPEAKING)

not ​speaking or making ​noise: I have ​remained silent till now, Mike, but I have to ​tell you what I ​think. If a ​letter in a word is silent, it is not ​pronounced: The "b" in ​doubt is silent.
  • silent adjective (QUIET)

completelyquiet: Madeleine ​turned back down the ​empty, silent ​street.
(Definition of silent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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