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"mute" in British English

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uk   /mjuːt/  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   /mjuːt/  us   /mjuːt/
music a device for changing the sound of a musical instrument, usually making it quieter: He was playing his trumpet with a mute.
(also mute button) a button on an electronic device that makes it silent: I pressed the mute on my phone so she couldn't hear the people talking 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   /mjuːt/  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 musical instrument, you attach a device to it that changes its sound, usually making it quieter: The song features muted trumpets.
(Definition of mute from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"mute" in American English

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muteadjective [not gradable]

 us   /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.
(Definition of mute from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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