mute

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

noun

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

to deaden or muffle the sound of.
to reduce the intensity of (a color) by the addition of another color.

Origin of mute

1325–75; < Latin mūtus dumb; replacing Middle English muet < Middle French, equivalent to Old French mu (< Latin mūtus) + unexplained suffix -et; cf. -et
ANTONYMS FOR mute
Related formsmute·ly, adverbmute·ness, noun
Can be confusedmoot mute

Usage note

See dumb.
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Examples from the Web for muting

  • Joel Osteen wants to talk about muting your cell phone at the dinner table.

    No Gods, No Cops, No Masters|James Poulos|January 1, 2015|DAILY BEAST
  • Great eyebrows overhung his face, like ivy on a pollard oak, and under them two large brown eyes, as of an owl when muting.

    Lorna Doone|R. D. Blackmore
  • A continuous mute is a strip of muting felt of the proper thickness to be pushed in between the trios of strings.

    Piano Tuning|J. Cree Fischer

British Dictionary definitions for muting (1 of 2)

mute

1
/ (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)
Derived Formsmutely, adverbmuteness, noun

Word Origin for mute

C14: muwet from Old French mu, from Latin mūtus silent

usage

Using this word to refer to people without speech is considered outdated and offensive and should be avoided.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 muting (2 of 2)

mute

2
/ (mjuːt) archaic /

verb

(of birds) to discharge (faeces)

noun

birds' faeces

Word Origin for mute

C15: from Old French meutir, variant of esmeltir, of Germanic origin; probably related to smelt 1 and melt
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Medicine definitions for muting

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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