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"silent" in British English

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silentadjective

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

B1 without any sound: The empty house 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 wounded brother would not die. The police officer 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   /ˈsaɪ.lənt.li/ us   /ˈsaɪ.lənt.li/

silentnoun [U]

uk   /ˈsaɪ.lənt/ us   /ˈsaɪ.lənt/
(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)

completely quiet: Madeleine turned back down the empty, silent street.
(Definition of silent from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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Avoiding common errors with the word enough.
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