silence - definition and synonyms

 
verb [transitive] 

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/ˈsaɪləns/
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.

    After about twenty minutes, someone managed to silence the alarm.

    They were completely silenced by the news.

  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