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Definition of silence verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    silence

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ˈsaɪləns//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they silence
     
    he / she / it silences
     
    past simple silenced
     
    -ing form silencing
     
     
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  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. Idioms
    a heavy silence/atmosphere
     
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    a situation when people do not say anything, but feel embarrassed or uncomfortable
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: silence