- 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.
- 2mute something to make the sound of a musical instrument quieter or softer using a mute He muted the strings with his palm.
- 3mute something to make something weaker or less severe synonym tone down She thought it better to mute her criticism.
NAmE//myut//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they mute
he / she / it mutes
past simple muted
-ing form muting