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    • 1. a device on a television, telephone, or other appliance that temporarily turns off the sound.
    • 2. a clamp placed over the bridge of a stringed instrument to deaden the resonance without affecting the vibration of the strings.


    • 1. deaden, muffle, or soften the sound of: "her footsteps were muted by the thick carpet" Similar deadenmufflemaskdullOpposite amplify
    • 2. turn off (a microphone or the audio on an electronic device), especially temporarily: "this mode will mute the ringtone and message notification sounds"