Definition of mute verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    mute

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//mjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mjuːt//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mute
    BrE BrE//mjuːt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mjuːt//
     
    he / she / it mutes
    BrE BrE//mjuːts//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//mjuːts//
     
    past simple muted
    BrE BrE//ˈmjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːtɪd//
     
    past participle muted
    BrE BrE//ˈmjuːtɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːtɪd//
     
    -ing form muting
    BrE BrE//ˈmjuːtɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmjuːtɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1mute something to make the sound of something, especially a musical instrument, quieter or softer, sometimes using a mute He muted the strings with his palm. The traffic noise was muted by the heavy drapes.
  2. 2mute something to make something weaker or less severe synonym tone down She thought it better to mute her criticism.
  3. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French muet, diminutive of mu, from Latin mutus.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: mute