Inflections of ' ' ( mute ): ( v ⇒ conjugate) mutes v 3rd person singular muting v pres p verb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing." muted v past verb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed." muted v past p verb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."
WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 mute /myut/
USA pronunciation adj., mut•er, mut•est, n., v., mut•ed, mut•ing. adj.
silent; not having or giving off any sound: They were mute when I asked them who was the thief.
incapable of speech; dumb: mute from birth.
Phonetics(of letters) silent; not pronounced: The letter "e'' is mute in the word "come.'' n.
[ countable ]
a person incapable of speech.
Music and Dancea mechanical device for muffling the tone of a musical instrument. v.
[~ + object ]
to deaden or muffle the sound of. to reduce the intensity of (a color) by the addition of another color: The colors are more muted in the bedroom.
mute•ly, adv. : They stood by mutely, unable or unwilling to answer.
mute•ness, n. [ uncountable ] WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020 mute
(myo̅o̅t), USA pronunciation adj., mut•er, mut•est, n., v., mut•ed, mut•ing. adj.
silent; refraining from speech or utterance.
not emitting or having sound of any kind.
incapable of speech; dumb.
Phonetics(of letters) silent; not pronounced.
Law(of a person who has been arraigned) making no plea or giving an irrelevant response when arraigned, or refusing to stand trial (used chiefly in the phrase to stand mute).
Sport (of a hound) hunting a line without giving tongue or cry. [Fox Hunting. ] n.
a person incapable of speech.
Show Businessan actor whose part is confined to dumb show.
Lawa person who stands mute when arraigned.
Music and DanceAlso called sordino. a mechanical device of various shapes and materials for muffling the tone of a musical instrument.
British Termsa hired mourner at a funeral; a professional mourner. v.t.
to deaden or muffle the sound of. to reduce the intensity of (a color) by the addition of another color.
mute ′ly, adv.
mute ′ness, n.
Latin mūtus) + unexplained suffix -et; compare - et Middle French, equivalent. to Old French mu ( Latin mūtus dumb; replacing Middle English muet 1325–75
3. still. See See corresponding entry in Unabridged dumb.
1. talkative. See corresponding entry in Unabridged
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
mute / mjuːt/ adj not giving out sound or speech; silent unable to speak; dumb unspoken or unexpressed (of a person arraigned on indictment) refusing to answer a charge another word for plosive (of a letter in a word) silent n a person who is unable to speak a person who refuses to plead when arraigned on indictment for an offence any of various devices used to soften the tone of stringed or brass instruments a plosive consonant; stop a silent letter an actor in a dumb show a hired mourner at a funeral vb ( transitive) 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) Etymology: 14 th Century: muwet from Old French mu, from Latin mūtus silent ˈmutely adv ˈmuteness n 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
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