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English adjective: mute

1. mute expressed without speech

SamplesA mute appeal.
A silent curse.
Best grief is tongueless.
The words stopped at her lips unsounded.
Unspoken grief.
Choking exasperation and wordless shame.

Synonymstongueless, unspoken, wordless

Similarinarticulate, unarticulate


2. mute unable to speak because of hereditary deafness

Synonymsdumb, silent

Similarinarticulate, unarticulate


English noun: mute

1. mute (person) a deaf person who is unable to speak

Synonymsdeaf-and-dumb person, deaf-mute

Broader (hypernym)deaf person

Narrower (hyponym)dummy, silent person

2. mute (artifact) a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument

Broader (hypernym)acoustic device

Narrower (hyponym)sordino, sourdine

English verb: mute

1. mute (perception) deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping

Synonymsdamp, dampen, dull, muffle, tone down

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)soften

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