Synonyms of mute
1 close-mouthedDictionary • He was mute, distant and indifferent.
silent • He was a serious, silent man.
taciturn • A taciturn man, he replied to my questions in monosyllables.
tongue-tied • In their presence I became self-conscious and tongue-tied.
tight-lipped • Officials are tight-lipped about launching an attack.
mum • I'd be in trouble if I let on. So I kept mum.
2 silentDictionary • I threw her a mute look of appeal.
silent • They both fell silent.
dumb • We were all struck dumb for a minute.
unspoken • His face was expressionless, but Alex felt the unspoken criticism.
tacit • a tacit admission that a mistake had been made
1 tone downDictionary • Bush muted some of his more extreme views.
lower • He moved closer, lowering his voice.
moderate • They are hoping that he will be persuaded to moderate his views.
subdue • He forced himself to subdue and overcome his fears.
2 muffleDictionary • The wooded hillside muted the sounds.
muffle • He held a handkerchief over the mouthpiece to muffle his voice.
soften • He could not think how to soften the blow of what he had to tell her.
dampen • Nothing seemed to dampen his enthusiasm.
deaden • They managed to deaden the sound.
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dampenTo dampen something such as someone's enthusiasm or excitement means to make it less lively or intense.
• Nothing seemed to dampen his enthusiasm.
• They managed to deaden the sound.
dumbIf someone is dumb on a particular occasion, they cannot speak because they are angry, shocked, or surprised.
• We were all struck dumb for a minute.
Thesaurus for mute from the Collins English Thesaurus