tone down

Definition of tone down

  1. 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. 2 :  to make (something) less bright or colorful She toned her wardrobe down for her new job.

Word by Word Definitions

toneplay
  1. :  vocal or musical sound of a specific quality

    :  musical sound with respect to timbre and manner of expression

    :  a sound of definite pitch and vibration

  1. :  to impart tone to :  strengthen

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

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

downplay
  1. :  toward or in a lower physical position

    :  to a lying or sitting position

    :  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

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

    :  consume

  1. :  occupying a low position

    :  lying on the ground

    :  directed or going downward

  1. :  descent, depression

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

    :  a complete play to advance the ball

  1. :  an undulating usually treeless upland with sparse soil

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

  1. :  a covering of soft fluffy feathers

    :  these feathers

    :  something soft and fluffy like down


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