silence

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Noun[change]

Singular
silence

Plural
silences

(countable & uncountable)

  1. (uncountable) Silence is when no noise is heard.
    The silence was strange, not even a bird could be heard.
  2. (countable) A silence is a time when there is no noise.
    We had one minute of silence to remember the people who had died in the war.

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Verb[change]

Plain form
silence

Third-person singular
silences

Past tense
silenced

Past participle
silenced

Present participle
silencing

  1. If you silence something, you stop it from making noise.
  2. If you silence someone, you stop them from talking.

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