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mute

adjective \ ˈmyüt \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of mute

muter; mutest
1 :unable to speak :lacking the power of speech
2 :characterized by absence of speech: such as
a :felt or experienced but not expressed
  • touched her hand in mute sympathy
  • her mute hostility
b :refusing to plead directly or stand trial
  • the prisoner stands mute
3 :remaining silent, undiscovered, or unrecognized
  • The hounds generally hunt mute, so they can get close to the game.
4 a :contributing nothing to the pronunciation of a word
  • the b in plumb is mute
b :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.

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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


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mute

noun

Definition of mute

1 :stop 9
2 sometimes offensive :a person who cannot speak
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.

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Origin and Etymology of mute

see 1mute

mute Synonyms

Synonyms
damper
Related Words
muffler, quieter, softener, soft pedal

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mute

verb

Definition of mute

muted; muting
transitive verb
1 :to muffle, reduce, or eliminate the sound of
2 :to tone down :soften, subdue
  • mute a color

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Origin and Etymology of mute

see 1mute


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mute

verb

Definition of mute

muted; muting
intransitive verb
of a bird
:to evacuate the cloaca

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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)


MUTE Defined for English Language Learners

mute

adjective

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

adjective \ ˈmyüt \

Definition of mute for Students

muter; mutest
1 :unable or unwilling to speak
  • The shy boy sat mute through class.
2 :felt or expressed without the use of words
  • He touched her hand in mute sympathy.

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mute

noun

Definition of mute for Students

1 :a person who cannot or does not speak
2 :a device on a musical instrument that deadens, softens, or muffles its tone

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mute

verb

Definition of mute for Students

muted; muting
:to soften or reduce the sound of
  • We muted our voices.

Medical Dictionary

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mute

adjective \ ˈmyüt \

medical Definition of mute

muter; mutest
:unable to speak :lacking the power of speech

muteness

noun

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mute

noun

medical Definition of mute

:one who cannot or does not speak


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