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English definition of “silent”

silent

adjective uk   /ˈsaɪ.lənt/ us  

silent adjective (QUIET)

B1 without any sound: The empty house was completely silent.literary It was four o'clock in the morning and London was as silent as the grave (= completely silent).Silence and quiet

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. 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
adverb uk   /-li/ us  

silent

noun [U] uk   /ˈsaɪ.lənt/ us  
a setting on an electronic device that stops it from making a noise when it receives a message: The show's about to start, I'm putting my phone on silent.
(Definition of silent from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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