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mute

2 verb
     
Related topics: Music, Colours and Sounds
mute2 [transitive]
1C formal to make the sound of something quieter, or make it disappear completely:
Excess noise can be reduced by muting alarms and telephones.
2APM 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.

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