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Definition of whisper verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they whisper
    he / she / it whispers
    past simple whispered
    -ing form whispering
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to speak very quietly to someone so that other people cannot hear what you are saying synonym murmur Don't you know it's rude to whisper? whisper about something What are you two whispering about? + speech “Can you meet me tonight?” he whispered. whisper something (to somebody) She leaned over and whispered something in his ear. whisper (to somebody) that… He whispered to me that he was afraid.
  2. 2[transitive, often passive] whisper that… it is whispered that… to say or suggest something about someone or something in a private or secret way It was whispered that he would soon die and he did.
  3. 3[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) (literary) (of leaves, the wind, etc.) to make a soft, quiet sound A warm breeze whispered through the trees.
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