keep quiet


: to not say anything or make any noise
He thought about telling the police what he knew, but he decided to keep quiet.
Please keep quiet during the movie.
: to not say anything about (something)
She kept her plans quiet.
: to prevent (someone or something) from making noise
She gave the dog a bone to keep him quiet.
: to prevent (someone) from revealing information about something
They paid money to the witness to keep him quiet.

Examples of keep quiet in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Alamo Drafthouse movie theaters are loud and proud about their policy of kicking out people who don’t keep quiet. John Jurgensen, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2023 The actress shared that her parents omitted the information in order to keep quiet about their fertility problems. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 25 Sep. 2023 But fans generally encouraged one another to keep quiet to respect the couple’s privacy. Angela Yang, NBC News, 24 Sep. 2023 The fashion aficionado revealed that her mother Barbara — who died in September 2022 — was a piano teacher so she and her brother were expected to keep quiet. Esther Kang, Peoplemag, 11 Sep. 2023 That repeats what agency officials have said since The Salt Lake Tribune broke the story last year about the controversial bid process and the suspension, which had been keep quiet until whistleblower Tim Donaldson came forward. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 1 Sep. 2023 The only reason any of this has come out now is because Mr. Pitt decided to sue her for not agreeing to keep quiet. Benjamin Vanhoose, Peoplemag, 11 July 2023 There’s the misconception that in order to advance financially survive in a system that has historically been against them, AAPI people must be cooperative and keep quiet in order to not rock the boat and be acceptable to the white gaze. Thuc Doan Nguyen,, 4 May 2023 Her immediate reaction was to keep quiet after watching ‘Anti-Hero’. Maggie Zhou,, 27 Oct. 2022 See More

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“Keep quiet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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