- 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.
- 2mute something to make something weaker or less severe synonym tone down She thought it better to mute her criticism. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French muet, diminutive of mu, from Latin mutus.
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//