Adjective muted has 2 senses
  1. hushed, muted, subdued, quiet - in a softened tone; "hushed voices"; "muted trumpets"; "a subdued whisper"; "a quiet reprimand"
    Antonym: loud (indirect, via soft)
  2. dull, muffled, muted, softened - being or made softer or less loud or clear; "the dull boom of distant breaking waves"; "muffled drums"; "the muffled noises of the street"; "muted trumpets"
    Antonym: loud (indirect, via soft)
,Verb mute has 1 sense
  1. muffle, mute, dull, damp, dampen, tone down - deaden (a sound or noise), especially by wrapping
    --1 is one way to soften
    Derived form: noun mute2
    Sample sentences:
    Somebody ----s something
    Something ----s something