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

     

    muzzle

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌzl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzl//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they muzzle
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌzl//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzl//
     
    he / she / it muzzles
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌzlz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzlz//
     
    past simple muzzled
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌzld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzld//
     
    past participle muzzled
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌzld//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzld//
     
    -ing form muzzling
    BrE BrE//ˈmʌzlɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈmʌzlɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1[usually passive] muzzle something to put a muzzle over a dog’s head to prevent it from biting people Dogs must be kept muzzled.
  2. 2muzzle somebody/something to prevent somebody from expressing their opinions in public as they want to synonym gag They accused the government of muzzling the press.
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French musel, diminutive of medieval Latin musum, of unknown ultimate origin.
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