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verb [transitive] silence pronunciation in British English /ˈsaɪləns/
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present tense
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


a title used before a man or woman's name as a gender-neutral alternative to Mr, Ms, etc

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another way of saying congratulations, or that something/someone looks nice or fascinating

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