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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Plus, a matte top coat basically doubles your nail polish collection, as the muted finish gives your nails a totally different look. Bella Cacciatore, Glamour, "This Matte Top Coat Makes Metallic Nail Polish Look So Much Cooler," 7 Dec. 2018 The two-piece suit, which is part of Gooseberry’s Seaside collection, also comes in three other colors: Sweet Sunrise (a muted yellow), French Kiss (a deep magenta), and Minty Wonder (a fresh green). De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Celebrates Thanksgiving in Tiny Blue Bikini," 24 Nov. 2018 Heading down the pier after a quick outfit change, Meghan showed off her $218 Pineapple dress from eco-friendly, cool-girl brand Reformation, in muted stripes with strappy shoulders and a tie at the waist. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's Thigh-High Slit Reformation Dress Doesn't Actually Defy Royal Protocol," 22 Oct. 2018 But instead of saturating an entire room with a rosy shade, use a more muted pink as a neutral or layer it into a monochromatic space for an unexpected pop. Alexis Jonnson, Good Housekeeping, "The Prettiest Colors Popping Up in Homes This Year," 19 July 2018 Trump’s somewhat muted response underscored the politically perilous situation the White House found itself in. Catherine Lucey, The Seattle Times, "Trump praises Kavanaugh, says everyone will be heard out," 17 Sep. 2018 And while her role in the first film was somewhat muted, expect Mary Jane to play a way more crucial part in the sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, which is about to go into production. Dan Barna, Teen Vogue, "Zendaya Says She Regularly Auditions for Roles Written for White Women," 7 Aug. 2018 What could have been a raw work of art about mental illness felt muted, and overshadowed by the rest of Kanye's behavior. Jaya Saxena, GQ, "Kanye's KIDS SEE GHOSTS Rollout Is a Hot Mess," 8 June 2018 Hereditary is lengthy, muted, and slow-paced, with a greater emphasis on elegant visual design and subtle performances than jump-scares. Noel Murray, The Verge, "Netflix’s Before I Wake is the perfect film to stream after seeing Hereditary," 8 June 2018

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First Known Use of muted

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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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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someone who never drinks alcohol

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