Definition of muted in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmyo͞odəd/


1(Of a sound or voice) quiet and soft: they discussed the accident in muted voices
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  • At last I heard the outer door open; felt a draught of air and heard muted footsteps crossing the soft carpet of the sitting room.
  • A soft, muted noise at my back made me jump and turn around.
  • It was dead quiet, except for the muted voices coming from the gymnasium.
1.1(Of a musical instrument) having a muffled sound as a result of being fitted with a mute.
Example sentences
  • This stripped-down affair featured singer Kelly Jones on acoustic guitar, accompanied by piano, muted electric guitar and electric bass.
  • Langorous horns, ticking guitars and muted keyboards have been added, sketching out long, graceful arcs of melody over the bubbling rhythms.
  • The guitars are flat and muted, the vocals spare and disaffected, and the theatrical, climactic scream-along choruses are absent.
1.2Not expressed strongly or openly: muted anger
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  • This is more an expression of muted anger.
  • The opposition ranged from fierce anger to muted dissent.
  • She glared at him as she pulled down a coffee cup and slammed it down onto the counter with muted anger.
1.3(Of color or lighting) not bright; subdued: a dress in muted tones of powder blue and dusty pink
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  • First there were a host of tiles, partitions and wall coverings to enhance the look of the room with splashes of bright colour, muted hues and soft lighting.
  • His style became less angular, tending towards graceful curves, and he used subtle muted colours, sometimes mixing sand with his paint to produce a textured effect.
  • There are bolts of taupe fabric draped on the windows, and the lighting is muted.

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Syllabification: mut·ed

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