VERBS be, seem | become, fall, go, grow The crowd fell silent as she began to speak. The room grew silent as the men entered. | keep, lie, remain, sit, stand, stay I could not keep silent any longer. The street lay silent and deserted. She sat silent throughout the meal.
ADV. remarkably, unusually | absolutely, completely, perfectly, quite, totally, utterly | almost, virtually The new bus is virtually silent. | largely an issue about which the researchers are largely silent | fairly, rather | suddenly | eerily, strangely The street was strangely silent. | grimly, obstinately, resolutely, stubbornly Len remained obstinately silent. | uncomfortably For long periods they were uncomfortably silent because they could think of nothing to say. | uncharacteristically
PREP. about They had kept remarkably silent about their intentions. | on The report was silent on that subject.