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Verb type: 6


  1. (intransitive) to fall silent
  2. (intransitive) to be silent, hold one's tongue
    Hän vaikenee kuin muuri.
    He is as silent as the grave.
  3. (intransitive) to keep silent (about), say nothing (of), not to mention (+ elative)
    Raportti vaikenee suunnitelman huonoista puolista.
    The report says nothing of the downsides of the plan.
    Mistä ei voi puhua, siitä on vaiettava.
    Whereof one cannot speak, thereof one must be silent.
  4. (transitive, passive voice) to suppress by not discussing
    Tapaus vaiettiin kuoliaaksi.
    The incident was utterly suppressed.


Indicative Conjugations

The present, imperfect, perfect, and pluperfect (past perfect) tenses in English correspond to "speaks", "spoke", "has spoken", and "had spoken".

Present tense conjugation chart

Past tense conjugation chart

Perfect tense conjugation chart

Pluperfect tense conjugation chart

Conditional Conjugations

The conditional present and perfect moods in English typically correspond to "would" and "would have".

Present tense conjugation chart

Perfect tense conjugation chart