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English definition of “mute”


adjective [not gradable]    /mjut/
(of a person ) completely unable or unwilling to speak , or (of a place , object , or activity ) silent : He stood mute before the judge . The decay of Dawson City bore mute testimony to the end of the gold rush era .
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