re·​tune (ˌ)rē-ˈtün How to pronounce retune (audio)
retuned; retuning

transitive verb

: to tune (something) again or in a different way
retune an engine
especially : to readjust (something) in musical pitch
a guitar/string that constantly needs to be retuned
She retuned the banjo to G major.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In the early hours of Friday morning, Labour won control of Plymouth, Stoke-on-Trent and Medway councils, three key battleground areas regarded as important to the party’s hopes of retuning to power nationally. Reuters, NBC News, 5 May 2023 Dodge retuned the Demon’s suspension to reduce front-end lift and to keep the rear tires planted under hard acceleration, but Kuniskis says the Demon 170 can still pull a wheelie. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, 21 Mar. 2023 The immune system, while not exactly depressed, is retuned to accommodate the fetus. Roni Caryn Rabin, New York Times, 16 Mar. 2023 The Portland Trail Blazers retuned to work following the All-Star break with their injury issues still very much a concern. oregonlive, 22 Feb. 2023 Truth be known, the designers and engineers had only enough time to rearrange the front and rear sheetmetal, redo the interior trim, retune the suspension, and fiddle with the standard-equipment list. Rich Ceppos, Car and Driver, 10 Feb. 2023 Hunt fiddled with the dial, trying to retune into the news. Elliot Ackerman, Wired, 2 Mar. 2021 The product will then retune the audio for the optimal, consistent bass levels. PCMAG, 26 Oct. 2022 Engineers have started to retune software at nuclear, hydro and fossil-fuel power stations that corrects small deviations from the 50-hertz frequency on which the grid hums, Mr. Kudrytskyi said. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 26 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1606, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of retune was in 1606

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Cite this Entry

“Retune.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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