- 1silence somebody/something to make someone or something stop speaking or making a noise She silenced him with a glare. Our bombs silenced the enemy's guns (= they destroyed them).
- 2silence somebody/something to make someone stop expressing opinions that are opposed to yours All protest had been silenced. Her recent achievements have silenced her critics. Idioms
NAmE//ˈsaɪləns//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they silence
he / she / it silences
past simple silenced
-ing form silencing
a situation when people do not say anything, but feel embarrassed or uncomfortable
a heavy silence/atmospherejump to other results