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1 deliberately refraining from speech

  • the mayor has chosen to remain dumb about her activities that night
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2 not having or showing an ability to absorb ideas readily

  • donʼt call him dumb just because he makes the occasional mistake like the rest of us
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3 tending not to speak frequently (as by habit or inclination)

  • he prefers to remain dumb, and replies in monosyllables if really pressed
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stupid, dull, dense, crass, dumb mean lacking in power to absorb ideas or impressions. stupid implies a slow-witted or dazed state of mind that may be either congenital or temporary.
    • stupid students just keeping the seats warm
    • stupid with drink
dull suggests a slow or sluggish mind such as results from disease, depression, or shock.
    • monotonous work that leaves the mind dull
dense implies a thickheaded imperviousness to ideas.
    • too dense to take a hint
crass suggests a grossness of mind precluding discrimination or delicacy.
    • a crass, materialistic people
dumb applies to an exasperating obtuseness or lack of comprehension.
    • too dumb to figure out what's going on

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to stop the noise or speech of

  • the terrible news dumbed her for a long moment, and then she burst into tears
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