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mute

[ myoot ]
/ myut /
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adjective, mut·er, mut·est.

noun

verb (used with object), mut·ed, mut·ing.

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Origin of mute

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English muet, mewet, muwet, from Old French müet, muet, diminutive formation of Old French mu, from Latin mūtus “dumb, inarticulate”; see -et
See dumb.
mute·ly, adverbmute·ness, noun
moot, mute
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British Dictionary definitions for mute (1 of 2)

mute1
/ (mjuːt) /

adjective

noun

verb (tr)

to reduce the volume of (a musical instrument) by means of a mute, soft pedal, etc
to subdue the strength of (a colour, tone, lighting, etc)
mutely, adverbmuteness, noun
C14: muwet from Old French mu, from Latin mūtus silent
Using this word to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive and should be avoided. The phrase profoundly deaf is a suitable alternative in many contexts

British Dictionary definitions for mute (2 of 2)

mute2
/ (mjuːt) archaic /

verb

(of birds) to discharge (faeces)

noun

birds' faeces
C15: from Old French meutir, variant of esmeltir, of Germanic origin; probably related to smelt 1 and melt
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Medical definitions for mute

mute
[ myōōt ]

adj.

Unable or unwilling to speak.

n.

One who does not have the faculty of speech. No longer in technical use; considered offensive.
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