Mute means “silent.” No matter how much you talk to your houseplants, they’ll never talk back; they'll remain mute.

When used as a noun, mute can mean “someone who isn't capable of speech" or “a device that deadens the sound of an instrument.” Mute can also be used as a verb meaning "to make silent.” One might mute the television by pressing a button on the remote, or one might try to mute a loquacious individual. Unfortunately, the technology for that last option doesn’t exist yet.

Definitions of mute
  1. adjective
    expressed without speech
    “a mute appeal”
    synonyms: tongueless, unspoken, wordless
    inarticulate, unarticulate
    without or deprived of the use of speech or words
  2. adjective
    unable to speak
    synonyms: dumb, silent
    inarticulate, unarticulate
    without or deprived of the use of speech or words
  3. noun
    a device used to soften the tone of a musical instrument
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    sordino, sourdine
    a mute for a violin
    type of:
    acoustic device
    a device for amplifying or transmitting sound
  4. noun
    a deaf person who is unable to speak
    synonyms: deaf-and-dumb person, deaf-mute
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    dummy, silent person
    a person who does not talk
    type of:
    deaf person
    a person with a severe auditory impairment
  5. verb
    deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
    synonyms: damp, dampen, dull, muffle, tone down
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    type of:
    make (images or sounds) soft or softer
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