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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England's fairly muted celebrations reflected the routine nature of the victory over a hard-working Swedish side that had already gone further than expected in its first major tournament without Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Steve Douglas,, "England beat Sweden to reach World Cup semifinals," 7 July 2018 Summer is usually the time when guys can experiment with dyeing their hair: bleaching it platinum blond, or coloring it some muted shade of pastel. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "Jonah Hill Has Pink Hair Now," 18 June 2018 In terms of color, fair and cool complexions should look to more muted shades, like baby pink or peachy pink, while deeper, warmer complexions can go brighter. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The 4 Rules of Second-Skin Blush, According to Beyoncé’s Makeup Artist and More," 28 Apr. 2018 Instead of the muted shades used in the past, the new palette pops off the screen to draw the viewer in. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "5 "Trading Spaces" Premiere Moments You Definitely Missed," 8 Apr. 2018 The coordinating eye-shadow palette has two muted pink and violet shades, as well as two striking bright-purple shades. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Patrick Starrr’s New M.A.C Collab Is Extremely Floral," 29 Mar. 2018 Lava stone in home décor is typically found in muted shades of gray, brown and black. Wsj Real Estate, WSJ, "Bronfman Scion Sells Bel-Air Manse for $85 Million," 8 Mar. 2018 The red, white and blue standing in contrast with the muted colors of uniforms designed to conceal. Andrew Keiper, Fox News, "Why US forces carry the American flag," 4 July 2018 Photo: Ryan Darcy The restaurant is designed with the muted colors and clean lines of a luxury home-goods store. Larissa Zimberoff, WSJ, "A Burger Joint Where Robots Make Your Food," 21 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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