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Definition of mute verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mute
    he / she / it mutes
    past simple muted
    -ing form muting
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  1. 1mute something to make the sound of something quieter; to make something silent The traffic noise was muted by the heavy drapes. I always mute the TV during the commercials.
  2. 2mute something to make the sound of a musical instrument quieter or softer using a mute He muted the strings with his palm.
  3. 3mute something to make something weaker or less severe synonym tone somethingdown She thought it better to mute her criticism.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: mute