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mute

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adjective \ˈmyüt\

Definition of mute

muter

;

mutest

  1. 1 :  unable to speak :  lacking the power of speech

  2. 2 :  characterized by absence of speech: such asa :  felt or experienced but not expressed touched her hand in mute sympathy her mute hostilityb :  refusing to plead directly or stand trial the prisoner stands mute

  3. 3 :  remaining silent, undiscovered, or unrecognized The hounds generally hunt mute, so they can get close to the game.

  4. 4a :  contributing nothing to the pronunciation of a word the b in plumb is muteb :  contributing to the pronunciation of a word but not representing the nucleus of a syllable the e in mate is mute

mutely

adverb

muteness

noun

Examples of mute in a sentence

  1. They hugged each other in mute sympathy.

  2. I could see a mute plea for help in his eyes.

Origin and Etymology of mute

Middle English muet, mut, from Anglo-French, from mu, mute, from Latin mutus, probably from mu, representation of a muttered sound


First Known Use: 1513


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mute

noun

Definition of mute

  1. 1 :  stop 9

  2. 2 :  a person who cannot or does not speak

  3. 3 :  a device attached to or inserted into a musical instrument to soften or alter its tone

Examples of mute in a sentence

  1. I was practicing my trumpet at three in the morning when the mute fell out, and I managed to wake everyone up.

Origin and Etymology of mute

see 1mute


First Known Use: 1530


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mute

verb

Definition of mute

muted

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muting

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to muffle, reduce, or eliminate the sound of

  3. 2 :  to tone down :  soften, subdue mute a color

Origin and Etymology of mute

see 1mute


First Known Use: 1883


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mute

verb

Definition of mute

muted

;

muting

of a bird

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to evacuate the cloaca

Origin and Etymology of mute

Middle English, from Anglo-French *meutir, short for ameutir, alteration of Old French esmeltir, of Germanic origin; akin to Middle Dutch smelten to melt, make fluid, defecate (of birds)


First Known Use: 15th century


MUTE Defined for English Language Learners

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mute

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adjective \ˈmyüt\

Definition of mute for English Language Learners

  • : not able or willing to speak

  • : felt or expressed without the use of words


MUTE Defined for Kids

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mute

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adjective \ˈmyüt\

Definition of mute for Students

muter

;

mutest

  1. 1 :  unable or unwilling to speak The shy boy sat mute through class.

  2. 2 :  felt or expressed without the use of words He touched her hand in mute sympathy.


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mute

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noun

Definition of mute for Students

  1. 1 :  a person who cannot or does not speak

  2. 2 :  a device on a musical instrument that deadens, softens, or muffles its tone


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mute

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verb

Definition of mute for Students

muted

;

muting

  1. :  to soften or reduce the sound of We muted our voices.


Medical Dictionary

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mute

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adjective \ˈmyüt\

Medical Definition of mute

muter

;

mutest

  1. :  unable to speak :  lacking the power of speech

muteness

noun

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mute

noun

Medical Definition of mute

  1. :  one who cannot or does not speak



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