fine-tuned; fine-tuning; fine-tunes

transitive verb

: to adjust precisely so as to bring to the highest level of performance or effectiveness
fine-tune a TV set
fine-tune the format
: to improve through minor alteration or revision
fine-tune the temperature of the room
: to stabilize (an economy) by small-scale fiscal and monetary manipulations

Examples of fine-tune in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web All that Manuel’s sagacious head coach Victor Valenzuela can do now is fine-tune his fighter’s composure. Ben Wyatt, Rolling Stone, 23 Sep. 2023 By studying lungfish of various ages—especially old ones—the team could fine-tune its lungfish-aging method and learn more about the species’ longevity. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 Sep. 2023 Almost all of the best jackets here are classics, OGs that have been updated and fine-tuned over their many decades of existence. Isaiah Freeman-Schub, Robb Report, 21 Sep. 2023 Buratti says that although Clipper’s basic trajectory is set, there’s still time to fine-tune its observing plan to squeeze as much science as possible from any close passes of Tara Regio. Meghan Bartels, Scientific American, 21 Sep. 2023 Weighing out every espresso shot or pot of coffee is one of the best ways to fine-tune your coffee output. WIRED, 21 Sep. 2023 While priorities for Wittman will be fine-tuning the offerings in the subscription model. Bypaolo Confino, Fortune, 18 Sep. 2023 Studies and community meetings began last year to fine-tune plans for the community park, which will be built on about 17 acres near the FrontWave indoor sports arena being built in the city’s 465-acre El Corazon property along Oceanside Boulevard east of El Camino Real. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Sep. 2023 The updates are mostly on the software side, with new streamlined task processes linked to the scanner’s four onboard buttons, and some new adjustment settings that can help you fine-tune your scans. David English, PCMAG, 15 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1959, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of fine-tune was in 1959

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“Fine-tune.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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