transitive verb
1. (to omit) 
Las autoridades silenciaron el escándalo y no lo denunciaron.The authorities hushed the scandal up and did not report it.
Los chantajistas exigieron al político mucho dinero para silenciar su aventura.The blackmailers demanded the politician a lot of money to keep his affair quiet.
Los medios silenciaron la infidelidad del monarca para evitar un escándalo.The media kept the monarch's infidelity secret to avoid a scandal.
2. (to make be quiet) 
La jueza golpeó su martillo y silenció a los presentes en la sala del tribunal.The judge brought down her gavel and silenced everyone in the courtroom.
3. (to prevent from making noise) 
No olvides silenciar tu celular antes de entrar al cine.Don't forget to put your phone on mute before you enter the movie theater.
transitive verb
1. (general) 
a. to hush up, to keep quiet 
transitive verb
1 [+suceso] to hush up; [+hecho] to keep silent about
2 [+persona] to silence
3 (Técnica) to silence
pronominal verb
se silenció el asunto the matter was hushed up; se silenció su labor his work was kept secret
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