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 Often in muted colors, the murals generally portray scenes of bygone days and glimpses of Texas history, industries, folk heroes and others. Carolyn Lindell, USA TODAY, "Mural, mural, on the wall: Texas small towns showcase daytrip-worthy paintings," 20 June 2020 Paris tourism officials have expressed muted optimism about the city’s reemergence as a travel destination. Time, "The Eiffel Tower Is to Reopen After Its Longest Closure Since World War II," 17 June 2020 The PGA Tour made a healthy and muted return from the COVID-19 pandemic at the Charles Schwab Challenge, except for Morikawa and Xander Schauffele having reason to feel sick to their stomachs., "A Safe Return for Golf as Berger Wins Colonial in a Playoff," 15 June 2020 In soft, muted shades, green can act as a grounding neutral that provides a refreshing alternative to more traditional browns and grays. Laura Lambert, Better Homes & Gardens, "Why Green Is the Back-to-Nature Color We're Craving for 2020," 10 June 2020 The royals make little fuss about their birthdays in public but this year celebrations have been even more muted. NBC News, "Prince Philip, patriarch of the British royals, quietly turns 99," 10 June 2020 Wallace's fellow drivers have followed his lead and broken with past protocols, where any hint of rankling corporate sponsors often led to muted responses to societal issues. CBS News, "Black NASCAR star Bubba Wallace urges sport to move away from Confederate flag," 10 June 2020 The re-open protesters were generally whiter, often heavily armed, and were met with a muted police response, or none at all. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Police Tactics Could Turn Protests Into Covid-19 Hot Spots," 6 June 2020 With two contrasting sides in muted greys and pretty tassel accents, this lovely throw can be your main piece or your side piece. Alexandra Cavallo, USA TODAY, "15 popular things to buy from this luxury bedding brand," 5 June 2020

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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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1 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Muted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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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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