mut·​ed | \ ˈmyü-təd How to pronounce muted (audio) \

Definition of muted

1a : being mute : silent
b : toned down : low-key, subdued
2 : provided with or produced or modified by the use of a mute

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Other Words from muted

mutedly adverb

Examples of muted in a Sentence

The artist chose colors that are dark and muted. the muted sound of a distant trumpet The government chose a more muted response to the threat. Their proposal has drawn a muted reaction from most observers.
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According to Sunwoo, this softer, muted tone is replacing bright pink, which was popular last year. Devon Abelman, Allure, "The Top Hair-Color Trends in South Korea for 2019, According to Seoul's Biggest Hairstylists," 4 May 2019 These colors are inherently more intense, which is why muted tones tend to have a relaxing effect. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "14 Calming Paint Colors That Will Change the Way You Live," 9 Jan. 2019 Criticism against women driving has largely been muted since King Salman announced last year that they would be allowed to drive. Christopher Carbone, Fox News, "'Free like a bird': Saudi women start driving as longstanding ban ends," 24 June 2018 Criticism against women driving has largely been muted since King Salman announced the lifting of the ban last year. Aya Batrawy,, "Saudi women finally have the right to drive," 24 June 2018 Criticism against women driving has largely been muted since King Salman announced the lifting of the ban last year. Aya Batrawy, USA TODAY, "Saudi women hit the roads as driving ban ends," 23 June 2018 His characteristic ardor and heroism were, on this occasion, muted. Alastair Macaulay, New York Times, "Many Giselles, but Only One Osipova," 20 May 2018 Rather than lathering on a transformative layer of paint, whitewashing simply adds a muted coating that still maintains the original wood allure. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "How to Whitewash Wood Furniture: 8 Easy Steps for Your Next Furniture Makeover," 19 Apr. 2019 Cost cuts and lower taxes helped profits top muted expectations, but shares still fell more than 3% in afternoon trading. ... Liz Hoffman, WSJ, "Quiet Quarter on Wall Street Hurts Goldman’s Results," 15 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of muted

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of muted was in 1855

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English Language Learners Definition of muted

: soft in color : not bright
: soft or quiet in sound : quieter than usual
: not done or expressed in a strong, forceful, or excited way

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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