tone down

Definition of tone down

1 :to make (something) less forceful, offensive, or harsh
  • People will be more likely to listen to you if you tone down your language a little.
2 :to make (something) less bright or colorful
  • She toned her wardrobe down for her new job.

Word by Word Definitions

tone play
  1. : vocal or musical sound of a specific quality

  2. : a sound of definite pitch and vibration

  3. : whole step

  1. : to impart tone to : strengthen

  2. : to soften or reduce in intensity, color, appearance, or sound : mellow

  3. : to change the normal silver image of (something, such as a photographic print) into a colored image

down play
  1. : toward or in a lower physical position

  2. : to a lying or sitting position

  3. : toward or to the ground, floor, or bottom

  1. : down (see 1down) along, around, through, toward, in, into, or on

  1. : to cause to go or come down (see 1down) : such as

  2. : to cause to fall by or as if by shooting : bring down

  3. : consume

  1. : occupying a low position

  2. : directed or going downward

  3. : lower in price

  1. : descent, depression

  2. : an instance of putting down someone (such as an opponent in wrestling)

  3. : a complete play to advance the ball

  1. : an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

  2. : a sheep of any breed originating in the downs of southern England

  1. : a covering of soft fluffy feathers

  2. : something soft and fluffy like down

  1. : down syndrome


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