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"mute" in British English

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muteadjective

uk   us   /mjuːt/
silent or not ​speaking: The ​president has remained mute about ​plans to ​curtail the ​number of ​immigrants. I ​gazed at her in mute ​admiration. old-fashioned offensive unable to ​speak: a mute ​child

mutenoun [C]

uk   us   /mjuːt/
music a ​device for ​changing the ​sound of a ​musicalinstrument, usually making it ​quieter: He was ​playing his ​trumpet with a mute. (also mute button) a ​button on an ​electronicdevice that makes it ​silent: I ​pressed the mute on my ​phone so she couldn't ​hear the ​peopletalking in the ​background. He was ​watching TV with the mute ​button on. old-fashioned offensive a ​person who is not ​able to ​speak

muteverb [T]

uk   us   /mjuːt/
If you mute a ​noise, you do something to make it less ​loud: Heavy ​curtains muted the ​noise of the ​traffic. music If you mute a ​musicalinstrument, you ​attach a ​device to it that ​changesitssound, usually making it ​quieter: The ​songfeatures muted ​trumpets.
(Definition of mute from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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muteadjective [not gradable]

 us   /mjut/
(of a ​person) ​completelyunable 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 ​goldrushera.
(Definition of mute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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