\ ˈtün How to pronounce tune (audio) , ˈtyün\

Definition of tune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a pleasing succession of musical tones : melody
b : a dominant theme
2 : correct musical pitch or consonance used chiefly in the phrases in tune and out of tune
3a : agreement, harmony in tune with the times
b : general attitude : approach changed his tune when the going got rough
c archaic : a frame of mind : mood
4 : amount, extent custom-made to the tune of $40 to $50 apieceAmer. Fabrics
5a : manner of utterance : intonation specifically : phonetic modulation
b archaic : quality of sound : tone


tuned; tuning

Definition of tune (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to adjust in musical pitch or cause to be in tune tuned her guitar
2a : to bring into harmony : attune
b : to adjust for precise functioning often used with up tune up an engine
c : to make more precise, intense, or effective
3 : to adjust with respect to resonance at a particular frequency: such as
a : to adjust (a radio or television receiver) to respond to waves of a particular frequency often used with in
b : to establish radio contact with tune in a directional beacon
4 : to adjust the frequency of the output of (a device) to a chosen frequency or range of frequencies also : to alter the frequency of (radiation)

intransitive verb

1 : to become attuned
2 : to adjust a radio or television receiver to respond to waves of a particular frequency

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Synonyms for tune

Synonyms: Noun

air, lay, melody, song, strain, warble

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Examples of tune in a Sentence


hummed a little tune while I sorted the laundry your negative assessment of the restaurant seems to be in tune with the opinions of the critics


The piano needs to be tuned. We tuned our bikes before the road trip. The mechanic tuned the engine. The copilot tuned the radio to hear the message.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The ominous date is listed in both her Twitter and IG bios, and her profile picture has been changed to fluffy pink clouds amidst a pale turquoise sky, very much in tune with her dreamy Insta feed lately, filled with pastels and butterflies. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Taylor Swift Shares Countdown Clock, Sparking New Music Fan Theories," 13 Apr. 2019 His latest tune comes shortly after American Idol kicked off season 17. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Luke Bryan's New Single 'Knockin' Boots' Will Be the Soundtrack to Your Summer," 29 Mar. 2019 Somewhat ironically, Kling is fabricating jewelry that’s in tune with the current streetwear trend in a city where the look isn’t prevalent. Vogue, "Meet Göran Kling, Who Is Crafting Street-Smart “Slang” Jewelry in Sweden," 26 Mar. 2019 Finally, before Adelaide takes her life, Red uses her final breaths to whistle that same haunting tune. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "6 'Us' Easter Eggs You Were Probably Too Freaked Out to Notice," 25 Mar. 2019 Plug-in dimmers are so easy to install , and being able to fine-tune the lighting levels in your bedroom (or any room, really) makes a world of difference. Eddie Ross, House Beautiful, "The 3 Best Ways to Make Even a Small Room Feel Like a Master Suite," 6 Feb. 2019 According to a Disney press release, each episode will include a new rendition of a song from High School Musical as well as brand new tune. Alison Caporimo, Seventeen, "Everything You Need To Know About Disney's New Streaming Service," 3 Jan. 2019 Purchase treats from Union Square Donuts and Oath Pizza and groove to tunes from local bands Crooked Horse (bluegrass) and Golden Lola (funky covers). Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "Dorchester Brewing to host second anniversary bash," 12 July 2018 The promenade also offers carnival games themed to films such as Wall•E Space Race as well as a bandstand where The Pixarmonic Orchestra performs tunes from Pixar films playing wacky instruments like kazoos and slide whistles. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disneyland's new Pixar Pier: Is it Incredible?," 10 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The new Serif and The Frame will be on display at the show, so stay tuned for impressions on Samsung's upgrades. Chris Welch, The Verge, "Samsung’s stylish The Frame and Serif 4K TVs will soon come in more sizes with better picture quality," 19 Dec. 2018 Stay tuned for an early look at one of the designer's projects from the show right here on HouseBeautiful.com. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Queer Eye Season 3," 4 Mar. 2019 Stay tuned for their next dispatch of game-changing cancer research. Jill Kiedaisch, Popular Mechanics, "Nanoparticles That Zap and Kill Cancer Cells Are a Small Solution to Huge Disease," 9 Jan. 2019 Stay tuned for more details on this hotly anticipated line. Kaleigh Fasanella, Allure, "Too Faced Is Launching Its Pretty Rich Makeup Collection This November," 29 Oct. 2018 Stay tuned for more on the GR III and the rest of the new cameras making their debut as Photokina ramps up this week. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Ricoh’s ‘ultimate compact’ GR III is coming next year," 25 Sep. 2018 Stay tuned for a closer look at Venturi’s most important works. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Postmodernism trailblazer Robert Venturi dies at age 93," 20 Sep. 2018 Stay tuned for Ars' full review of the Apple Watch Series 4 in the coming weeks. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Apple Watch Series 4 hands-on: Sparking envy in current Apple Watch owners," 12 Sep. 2018 Stay tuned for his inevitable diatribe against apple pie. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Attacks, Threatens Harley-Davidson for Moving Production to Europe," 26 June 2018

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First Known Use of tune


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5b


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for tune


Middle English, from Anglo-French tun, tuen tone

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English Language Learners Definition of tune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a series of musical notes that produce a pleasing sound when played or sung



English Language Learners Definition of tune (Entry 2 of 2)

: to adjust (a musical instrument) so that it makes the correct sound when played
: to make small changes to (something) in order to make it work better
: to adjust (a radio or television) so that it receives a broadcast clearly


\ ˈtün How to pronounce tune (audio) , ˈtyün\

Kids Definition of tune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a series of pleasing musical tones : melody
2 : correct musical pitch or key We were singing out of tune.
3 : agreement sense 1, harmony Your feelings are in tune with mine.
4 : general attitude They changed their tune when they knew all the facts.

Other Words from tune

tuneful \ -​fəl \ adjective


tuned; tuning

Kids Definition of tune (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to adjust a radio or television so that it receives clearly
2 : to adjust in musical pitch I tuned my guitar.
3 : to come or bring into harmony
4 : to put (as an engine) in good working order
Hint: This sense is often used with up.
tune out
: to ignore what is happening or being said

Other Words from tune

tuner noun

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to move or proceed with twists and turns

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