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To stop, or to reduce a sound

block out

to stop light or sound from reaching something

muffle

verb

to make a sound quieter and less easy to hear

mute

verb

to make a sound less loud

deaden

verb

to make a sound less loud

drown

verb

to prevent a sound from being heard by making a louder noise

dull

verb

to make a sound weaker or less clear

cut out

to stop something such as noise or light from reaching a place

quieten

verb

to become less noisy, active, or busy, or to make someone or something less noisy, active, or busy

hostile architecture

the design of buildings or public spaces in a way which discourages people from touching, climbing or sitting on them …

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boots on the ground

a situation in which a country's armed forces are physically present in an area of conflict …

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