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verb [transitive] silence pronunciation in American English /ˈsaɪləns/
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present tense
I/you/we/theysilence
he/she/itsilences
present participlesilencing
past tensesilenced
past participlesilenced
  1. 1
    to stop someone or something from speaking or making a sound
    He silenced her with an angry look.
    They were completely silenced by the news.
    After about twenty minutes, someone managed to silence the alarm.
  2. 2
    to prevent someone from giving an opinion or from criticizing you
    Efforts to silence opposition have so far been unsuccessful.
  3. 3
    very informal to kill someone so that they cannot give information to an enemy or someone in authority
    Police suspect the missing witness has been silenced by the mob.
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