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Definition of silence verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    silence

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪləns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪləns//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they silence
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪləns//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪləns//
     
    he / she / it silences
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪlənsɪz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪlənsɪz//
     
    past simple silenced
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪlənst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪlənst//
     
    past participle silenced
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪlənst//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪlənst//
     
    -ing form silencing
    BrE BrE//ˈsaɪlənsɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsaɪlənsɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1silence somebody/something to make somebody/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 somebody stop expressing opinions that are opposed to yours All protest had been silenced. Her recent achievements have silenced her critics.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French, from Latin silentium, from silere ‘be silent’.Extra examples A shot to the head silenced him forever. Criticism has now been effectively silenced. Even these improvements to the service failed to silence a grumbling chorus of complaints. Her scream was abruptly silenced. Our bombs silenced the enemy’s guns.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: silence