American English

Definition of silently adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1without speaking They marched silently through the streets.
  2. 2without making any or much sound synonym quietly She crept silently out of the room. The car rolled silently downhill.
  3. 3without using words or sounds to express something She prayed silently. He silently agreed with much of what she had said.
  4. Idioms
    sit/stand silently by
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    to do or say nothing to help someone or deal with a difficult situation We can't sit silently by and let them arrest him!
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: silently