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English noun: silence

1. silence (state) the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking)

SamplesThere was a shocked silence.
He gestured for silence.

Broader (hypernym)condition, status

2. silence (attribute) the absence of sound

SamplesHe needed silence in order to sleep.
The street was quiet.


Broader (hypernym)sound property

Narrower (hyponym)hush, quietness, soundlessness, speechlessness, still, stillness


3. silence (attribute) a refusal to speak when expected

SamplesHis silence about my contribution was surprising.


Broader (hypernym)uncommunicativeness

4. silence (attribute) the trait of keeping things secret

Synonymssecrecy, secretiveness

Broader (hypernym)uncommunicativeness

Narrower (hyponym)mum

English verb: silence

1. silence (change) cause to be quiet or not talk

SamplesPlease silence the children in the church!.

Synonymshush, hush up, quieten, shut up, still

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress

Narrower (hyponym)calm down, gag, lull, muzzle, shout down, shush


Verb grouphush, pipe down, quiesce, quiet, quiet down, quieten


2. silence (change) keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure

SamplesAll dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress

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