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Meaning & Definition of Silent in English

English

Silent

/saɪlənt/

adjective

1. Marked by absence of sound

  • "A silent house"
  • "Soundless footsteps on the grass"
  • "The night was still"
    synonym:
  • silent
  • ,
  • soundless
  • ,
  • still

2. Failing to speak or communicate etc when expected to

  • "The witness remained silent"
    synonym:
  • mum
  • ,
  • silent

3. Implied by or inferred from actions or statements

  • "Gave silent consent"
  • "A tacit agreement"
  • "The understood provisos of a custody agreement"
    synonym:
  • silent
  • ,
  • tacit
  • ,
  • understood

4. Not made to sound

  • "The silent `h' at the beginning of `honor'"
  • "In french certain letters are often unsounded"
    synonym:
  • silent
  • ,
  • unsounded

5. Having a frequency below or above the range of human audibility

  • "A silent dog whistle"
    synonym:
  • silent

6. Unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

    synonym:
  • dumb
  • ,
  • mute
  • ,
  • silent

Examples of using

Tom waited for Mary to say something, but she remained silent.
Tom asked us to be silent.
I told you to keep silent.