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English definition of “mute”


noun [C]     /mjuːt/
a button or other device on a musical instrument that can be fixed in order to make it quieterMusical instruments in general old-fashioned offensive a person who is not able to speakHandicap and the disabled
(Definition of mute noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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