1. [Noun]: a refusal to speak when expected; "his silence about my contribution was surprising"

2. [Noun]: the absence of sound; "he needed silence in order to sleep"; "the street was quiet"

3. [Noun]: the trait of keeping things secret

4. [Noun]: the state of being silent (as when no one is speaking); "there was a shocked silence"; "he gestured for silence"

5. [Verb]: cause to be quiet or not talk; "Please silence the children in the church!"

6. [Verb]: keep from expression, for example by threats or pressure; "All dissenters were silenced when the dictator assumed power"

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