Definition of muted in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈmjuːtɪd


  • 1(Of a sound or voice) quiet and soft: the muted hum of the distant traffic
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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.
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    • 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 colour 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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