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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Recent Examples on the Web There's no doubting that its increasing popularity can be attributed to its ease of access and muted effects. Sam Fogel, Detroit Free Press, 17 June 2021 Both of those songs feature Eilish’s tendency for muted, moody sing-rapping. Brittany Spanos, Rolling Stone, 17 June 2021 With muted tropical hues throughout, the 266-room hotel is a short stroll from a waterfront where guests have beach club access. Washington Post, 17 June 2021 While that was a humiliation for Erdogan that might have evoked a tantrum in previous years, it was met with a muted reaction along with the promise of a meeting at the NATO summit., 13 June 2021 While that was a humiliation for Mr. Erdogan that might have evoked a tantrum in previous years, it was met with a muted reaction along with the promise of a meeting at the NATO summit. New York Times, 13 June 2021 To create a serene environment, opt for muted blues, warm whites, and rich browns for your window's interior and exterior colors and stains. Bridget Degnan, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 June 2021 To some, Lindani Myeni's death and the muted reaction from residents, is a reminder that Hawaii isn't the racially harmonious paradise it's held up to be. Jennifer Sinco Kelleher And Mogomotsi Magome, Star Tribune, 6 June 2021 Part of the muted reaction is explained by a lack of surprise. Ryan Faughnder, Los Angeles Times, 27 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of muted

1855, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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20 Jun 2021

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“Muted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jun. 2021.

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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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