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

Other Words from mute

Adjective

mutely adverb
muteness noun

Synonyms for mute

Synonyms: Adjective

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb (1)

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The area beyond the scanners is spacious enough for travelers to compose themselves and covered in carpetlike flooring to mute noise. Ben Cohen, WSJ, 15 Sep. 2022 Stanley himself has remained mute, but that could change soon. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, 14 Sep. 2022 Trevor Fehrman’s Elias, a highlight of Clerks II, is now a devout Christian with a mute sidekick of his own, Blockchain Coltrane (Austin Zajur). John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 8 Sep. 2022 The 10 survivors are a mixed bag of famous people and staff from the boat, along with 2 people no one recognize—a mute young girl and a man who claims to be the Lord. Arkansas Online, 19 July 2022 For five years, the most famous clock tower in Britain was hidden behind an ugly fortress of scaffolding, and its hourly bong was rendered mute. New York Times, 3 July 2022 Before 2019, medications that curb drug cravings or mute highs were given only to those who could be separated from the general prison population, according to Deborah Crook, the department’s health services deputy commissioner. al, 29 June 2022 Each fader has its own select button as well as prefade and mute buttons. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 24 June 2022 Ban the distractions—the use of a mute button, video-off option, texting and doing any other work unrelated to the meeting that encourages a lack of attention to the business at hand. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 8 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun There are also clever design choices, like a chamfered edge with a charging port, light-up volume/mic mute/camera shutter keys, plus decent port selection. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 27 Aug. 2022 So as Union advises, unfollow, block, and mute as needed to protect your energy and feel like your best self. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 12 May 2022 The Panorama 3 isn’t supplied with a remote control but basic functions like volume levels and speaker mute can be controlled using the TV’s remote thanks to the eARC connection and CEC. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 4 May 2022 The girl, Nevena, rendered mute by the witch, is raised in a cave by her real mother. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, 30 Mar. 2022 Most notable was a video call last summer when Vishal Garg, the company’s chief executive, unleashed an expletive-laden monologue about beating the competition, prompting Mr. Chapman to hit mute and usher his young daughter out of the room. New York Times, 8 Jan. 2022 So, the Aztecs keep marching through a splendid season on relative mute. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 Nov. 2021 Once a country of glitz and glamour, a financial and shopping hub for the Levant where even a brutal civil war in the 1970s and ’80s failed to slow daily life or mute rocking nightclubs, Lebanon has now become unrecognizable to its people. Taylor Luck, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 Oct. 2021 Should a tickly cough or barking dog interrupt a recording or live streaming session, a touch-sensitive mute button on the front can be pressed to disarm the microphone. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 17 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Following an annoying account?:Here is how to mute someone on Instagram. Mythili Devarakonda, USA TODAY, 25 Aug. 2022 And if you guys are not doing shady s–t on purpose, why mute me from commenting? Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 11 July 2022 Just remember that retracting doesn't mute the microphone. Harry Rabinowitz, Popular Mechanics, 30 Aug. 2022 How does the program and department attempt to mute the conversation about what happened when the bedrock integrity of both has come under question? Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Aug. 2022 Meanwhile, the search warrant released on Friday showed that national security documents were among the items agents were looking for at Mar-a-Lago, leading some Trump backers to mute their criticism of the FBI. Dean Obeidallah, CNN, 15 Aug. 2022 Click the plus button in the top-right corner to add a new word to mute. Wired, 7 Aug. 2022 On the back, there’s also a switch to mute the microphone, which is handy. Christian De Looper, BGR, 2 Aug. 2022 Avoid that by joining the call from your conference room’s audio/video system, then get everyone on laptops to mute their mics and kill their speaker volume before signing into the meeting. Joanna Stern, WSJ, 15 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Bronstein points out that users can also mute individuals or everyone. Shannon Liao, Washington Post, 9 Sep. 2022 Just remember that retracting doesn't mute the microphone. Harry Rabinowitz, Popular Mechanics, 30 Aug. 2022 On the back, there’s also a switch to mute the microphone, which is handy. Christian De Looper, BGR, 2 Aug. 2022 The data comes from the most recent annual report by the Judicial Branch of California and underscores the limits of state efforts to mute the pandemic’s effects on financially vulnerable residents. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 July 2022 Haywood Highsmith, all of who could mute the draft need for a shooter. Ira Winderman, Sun Sentinel, 19 June 2022 Avoid that by joining the call from your conference room’s audio/video system, then get everyone on laptops to mute their mics and kill their speaker volume before signing into the meeting. Joanna Stern, WSJ, 15 June 2022 And if you guys are not doing shady s–t on purpose, why mute me from commenting? Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 11 July 2022 The output setting can be set up to mute the studio monitors the moment any mic fader is opened, in order to stop feedback. Mark Sparrow, Forbes, 24 June 2022 See More

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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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More Definitions for mute

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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