reduce (someone) to silence

Definition of reduce (someone) to silence

:to cause (someone) to become suddenly silent
  • The crowd was reduced to silence.

Word by Word Definitions

reduce play
  1. : to draw together or cause to converge : consolidate

  2. : to diminish in size, amount, extent, or number

  3. : to decrease the volume and concentrate the flavor of by boiling

someone play
  1. : some person : somebody

silence play
  1. : forbearance from speech or noise : muteness

  2. : absence of sound or noise : stillness

  3. : absence of mention:

  1. : to compel or reduce to silence : still

  2. : suppress

  3. : to cause to cease hostile firing or criticism


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