muted

adjective

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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In court Uber had taken a contrite and muted stance, promising to do more to provide support for riders and drivers, including launching a telephone hotline for passengers. The Economist, "Contrition wins the day for Uber in a big market," 28 June 2018 Opposition to hands-free bans has been unorganized or muted, but there is some. Mike Snider, USA TODAY, "You can't stream video while driving, more states decide as distracted driving deaths rise," 28 June 2018 Bad Luck’s next show, for example, puts them alongside Sub Pop’s new-age, elegiac Tiny Vipers, soft-rock band Hoop, and Red Ribbon, whose most recent album oscillates between muted grunge-punk and tender indie-folk. Alexa Peters, The Seattle Times, "‘This is cool music’: A younger crew of Seattle jazz-informed musicians bend genres, creating their own sound," 9 July 2018 The Russian fans are giving their team a muted standing ovation as their dream run as hosts is officially over. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Russia Finally Falls, Leaving a Trail of Admirers and Doubters," 8 July 2018 The bad: Battery life is merely OK, and the security screen leaves the display feeling a little muted. Hartford Courant, courant.com, "CNET: Best Laptops For Maintaining Your Privacy," 5 July 2018 Legs that taper toward the ankle added a bit of fashion flare, and the muted chino exterior made the Live Free dressy enough to fly in any office where traditional khaki pants could. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Testing Men's Crossover Office-to-Outdoors Pants," 2 July 2018 One of Seven Stills’ few perennials, the plush Eight Pounds Per BBL leans into the widely popular non-bitter hazy IPA style, banking on muted fleshy stone fruit, ripe gold cantaloupe and subtle guava notes to appeal to the fresh beer-seeking masses. SFChronicle.com, "The beers and whiskeys of Seven Stills," 1 July 2018 The whistle for kick-off triggered muted clapping and cheers. Henry Gass, The Christian Science Monitor, "In border town, World Cup watchers balance team pride, anxiety about US," 29 June 2018

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First Known Use of muted

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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muted

adjective

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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