mutual Definition

  • 1experienced or done by two or more people, groups, or organizations
  • 2felt or shared by two or more people

Using mutual: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "mutual" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    They have a mutual interest in music.

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    The two countries agreed to a mutual defense pact.

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    Their mutual dislike for each other was evident.

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    We came to a mutual decision to end the project.

mutual Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with mutual

  • an investment program funded by shareholders that trades in diversified holdings and is professionally managed


    He invested his savings in a mutual fund.

  • mutual friend

    a person who is a friend of two or more people


    We met through a mutual friend.

  • a positive feeling of esteem or admiration between two or more people


    Their relationship was built on mutual respect and trust.

Origins of mutual

from Latin 'mutuus', meaning 'reciprocal'


Summary: mutual in Brief

The term 'mutual' [ˈmjuːtʃuəl] refers to experiences, feelings, or actions shared by two or more people, groups, or organizations. It can describe interests, agreements, or dislikes, as in 'They have a mutual interest in music.' 'Mutual' extends into phrases like 'mutual fund,' and 'mutual friend,' denoting shared investments and friendships, and 'mutual respect,' implying positive feelings.

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