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adjective silent pronunciation in British English /ˈsaɪlənt/
  1. 1
    a silent person or group of people does not talk, laugh, or make any noise

    Everyone was totally silent as the president spoke.

    a crowd of silent onlookers

    1. a.
      used about a person who does not usually talk to other people very much

      Fathers were expected to be strong and silent.

      a silent woman

    2. b.
      refusing to provide information or to talk about something

      If you are arrested, you have the right to remain silent (=you do not have to give information to the police).

      silent on:

      For the time being, I prefer to stay silent on the matter.

      silent about:

      Everyone was asked to keep silent about the new project.

  2. 2
    a silent place is very quiet

    We hiked through a silent pine forest.

    The house was silent except for the hum of the refrigerator.

  3. 3
    if something such as a disease or problem is silent, there no noticeable signs that it exists

    High blood pressure is a silent killer.

    a silent infection


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 silent pronunciation in British English adverb

She walked silently towards the door.


… a teaching method in which groups of children learn independently using a computer linked to the internet

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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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