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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On the other side of the Iron Curtain, the response was more muted. Michael Levenson,, "50 years later, memories of the moon landing reflect a historic achievement during a turbulent time," 18 July 2019 While Republican reaction was muted, social media users and celebrities once again condemned Trump’s remarks and expressed their support for Omar. Washington Post, "Trump supporters chanted ‘Send her back.’ Around the world, others said: #IStandWithIlhan," 18 July 2019 However, the regular sightings of bold-faced names, and rallies drawing thousands at a time have so far been muted during this campaign run. NBC News, "Sanders celebrity buzz muted in crowded field," 18 July 2019 Admittedly, the overall buzz this year was somewhat muted by the fact that not many of the top rookies actually played. Jeremy Woo,, "Top 10 Rookie Takeaways From NBA Summer League," 16 July 2019 Inflation has been muted so far this year despite a strong labor market and the longest economic expansion on record. Sarah Chaney, WSJ, "U.S. Producer Prices Rose Slowly in June," 12 July 2019 The terror and wonder of the intra-pride battles are muted. Joey Nolfi,, "Critics softly purr in favor of 'unnecessary' but 'gorgeous' Lion King remake," 11 July 2019 The terror and wonder of the intra-pride battles are muted. New York Times, "‘The Lion King’ Review: The Art of Herding Digital Cats," 11 July 2019 The response to Rebrikov, who heads a genome-editing laboratory at a fertility clinic in Moscow, has so far been more muted. STAT, "Alarmed by new ‘CRISPR babies’ plan, top science figures say they’re powerless to stop it," 24 June 2019

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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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