Meaning of MUTE in English


I. mute 1 /mjuːt/ BrE AmE adjective

[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: French ; Origin: muet , from Latin mutus ]

1 . written someone who is mute does not speak, or refuses to speak SYN silent :

Billy continued to stand there, mute and defiant.

2 . old-fashioned someone who is mute is unable to speak

—mutely adverb

II. mute 2 BrE AmE verb [transitive]

1 . formal to make the sound of something quieter, or make it disappear completely:

Excess noise can be reduced by muting alarms and telephones.

2 . to make a musical instrument sound softer

3 . formal to reduce the level of criticism, protest, discussion etc that is happening:

The incident so shocked all the students that it muted further protest.

III. mute 3 BrE AmE noun [countable]

1 . a small piece of metal, rubber etc that you place over or into a musical instrument to make it sound softer

2 . old-fashioned someone who cannot speak

⇨ ↑ deaf mute

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.