mute

adjective
\ ˈmyüt How to pronounce mute (audio) \
muter; mutest

Definition of mute

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : unable to speak : lacking the power of speech
2 : characterized by absence of speech: such as
a : felt or experienced but not expressed touched her hand in mute sympathy her mute hostility
b : refusing to plead directly or stand trial the prisoner stands mute
3 : remaining silent, undiscovered, or unrecognized The hounds generally hunt mute, so they can get close to the game.
4a : contributing nothing to the pronunciation of a word the b in plumb is mute
b : contributing to the pronunciation of a word but not representing the nucleus of a syllable the e in mate is mute

mute

noun
plural mutes

Definition of mute (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : a device attached to or inserted into a musical instrument to soften or alter its tone
3 dated, offensive : a person who lacks the ability to speak

mute

verb (1)
muted; muting

Definition of mute (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to muffle, reduce, or eliminate the sound of
2 : to tone down : soften, subdue mute a color

mute

verb (2)
muted; muting

Definition of mute (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

of a bird
: to evacuate the cloaca

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Other Words from mute

Adjective

mutely adverb
muteness noun

Synonyms for mute

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of mute in a Sentence

Adjective They hugged each other in mute sympathy. I could see a mute plea for help in his eyes. Noun I was practicing my trumpet at three in the morning when the mute fell out, and I managed to wake everyone up.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective What’s worse, Mr. Morton routinely beat Landry so brutally that the young man is now mute. Washington Post, 15 June 2021 Two buttons have been added to the new remote: A power button at the top right, which can turn on and off the Apple TV, external speakers and the TV itself; and a mute button. Dwight Silverman, Forbes, 7 June 2021 First appearing in New Warriors in 1992, Conrad Mack had claws on his fingers and toes (à la Wolverine) and was mute. Brian Tallerico, Vulture, 2 Apr. 2021 The sounds of Bostonians too busy to be quiet are mute. Jeneé Osterheldt, BostonGlobe.com, 4 Mar. 2021 The Spurs lead by 23 at that point, so any statistical analysis seemed mute. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Apr. 2021 The fidelity of a small audio cue, like a mute/unmute conveys just enough without encountering the problem of Zoom fatigue. Tom Taulli, Forbes, 10 Apr. 2021 Burton is not alone in falling victim to the mute button. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, 25 May 2021 The mute button is arguably a major barrier to these kinds of minimal interruptions in any cultural context — since the bar to unmute oneself is much higher than just opening your mouth in person. Washington Post, 10 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There’s even a new mute button, which is super handy considering the fact that plenty of streaming services still rely on ads. Maren Estrada, BGR, 18 July 2021 In those rehearsals, the musicians would sing along with a rehearsal track while on mute. BostonGlobe.com, 17 July 2021 At Microsoft, in-office workers can still go into conference rooms but are asked to face their chairs toward huge screens and dial in on their own devices on mute. Washington Post, 4 June 2021 Instead, mute conveyances happily trundling along on city streets and highways, the roars, barks and pops of internal combustion engines a distant memory. Not so fast. Morgan Korn, ABC News, 3 July 2021 This happens with my Samsung TV and LG soundbar, though the mute works fine when listening through Bluetooth headphones or a HomePod mini. Dwight Silverman, Forbes, 7 June 2021 This features a loud alarm with mute and each water sensor comes with two groups of back water detector probes and one group of front probes for pipe dripping detection. Chris Hachey, BGR, 7 June 2021 Ezra Dewey stars as Dylan Jacobs, a mute preteen who moves to a new apartment with his late-night radio DJ father (Rob Brownstein) following his mother’s death. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, 14 May 2021 Microsoft has developed a universal mute button to eliminate the scramble some users experience of figuring out in each app how to turn their microphone on or off. Aaron Tilley, WSJ, 24 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That should confer protection against any serious illness, and mute the potential for contagion. Todd J. Gillman, Dallas News, 20 July 2021 And since chilling any soup will mute its flavors, make sure to taste and adjust the seasonings, if necessary, before serving. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 23 June 2021 Thompson’s students often forgot to mute themselves, talking over each other. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 3 July 2021 So just turn off your phone, mute your notifications, stay away from social media as needed. USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 That means knowing how to mute your microphone on Webex, Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams and on the dozens of new platforms that are likely to emerge in the coming months and years. William Arruda, Forbes, 20 Apr. 2021 Still, some companies tried to mute investors long before the Zoom era. Maria Aspan, Fortune, 1 June 2021 And members, who rarely would excuse themselves from an in-person meeting to take an important call, now regularly mute themselves to talk on the phone while meetings are in progress. Robert Higgs, cleveland, 31 May 2021 Of meetings, of classes: click to speak, click to mute, click to leave. Sandy Solomon, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb There are buttons for volume up and down, plus there’s a button to mute the microphone and turn off the camera. Christian De Looper, BGR, 22 July 2021 Thompson’s students often forgot to mute themselves, talking over each other. Annie Waldman, ProPublica, 3 July 2021 So just turn off your phone, mute your notifications, stay away from social media as needed. USA TODAY, 2 July 2021 And since chilling any soup will mute its flavors, make sure to taste and adjust the seasonings, if necessary, before serving. Meredith Deeds Special To The Star Tribune, Star Tribune, 23 June 2021 Peel, it should be noted, was failed by a member of the game’s tech crew who didn’t mute his microphone. BostonGlobe.com, 27 Mar. 2021 Still, some companies tried to mute investors long before the Zoom era. Maria Aspan, Fortune, 1 June 2021 Of meetings, of classes: click to speak, click to mute, click to leave. Sandy Solomon, The New Yorker, 31 May 2021 Rather than try to simply mute and tamp that down, maybe there's an opportunity. Court Stroud, Forbes, 5 May 2021

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First Known Use of mute

Adjective

1513, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb (1)

1883, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mute

Adjective, Noun, and Verb (1)

Middle English muet, mut, from Anglo-French, from mu, mute, from Latin mutus, probably from mu, representation of a muttered sound

Verb (2)

Middle English, from Anglo-French *meutir, short for ameutir, alteration of Old French esmeltir, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch smelten to melt, make fluid, defecate (of birds)

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28 Jun 2021

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“Mute.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mute. Accessed 1 Aug. 2021.

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More Definitions for mute

mute

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of mute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: not able or willing to speak
: felt or expressed without the use of words

mute

noun

English Language Learners Definition of mute (Entry 2 of 2)

sometimes offensive : a person who cannot speak
: a device on a musical instrument (such as a trumpet) that makes its sound much softer

mute

adjective
\ ˈmyüt How to pronounce mute (audio) \
muter; mutest

Kids Definition of mute

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : unable or unwilling to speak The shy boy sat mute through class.
2 : felt or expressed without the use of words He touched her hand in mute sympathy.

mute

noun

Kids Definition of mute (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : a person who cannot or does not speak
2 : a device on a musical instrument that deadens, softens, or muffles its tone

mute

verb
muted; muting

Kids Definition of mute (Entry 3 of 3)

: to soften or reduce the sound of We muted our voices.

mute

adjective
\ ˈmyüt How to pronounce mute (audio) \
muter; mutest

Medical Definition of mute

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: unable to speak : lacking the power of speech

Other Words from mute

muteness noun

mute

noun

Medical Definition of mute (Entry 2 of 2)

dated, offensive : a person who lacks the ability to speak

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