silent - definition and synonyms


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  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.

    3. c.
      a silent action or activity is done without talking or making any sounds

      silent reading

      He said a silent prayer.

  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

  4. 4
    a silent letter is a letter in a word that has no sound when you say the word but that must be used when the word is spelled or written

    The ‘h’ in ‘herb’ is silent in American English.

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She walked silently towards the door.