\ 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

Having grown up with these tunes being so much a part of childhood and playing on the radio in the late 1970s, to actually be in the band now is a dream. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Foreigner headlines first night of entertainment at Taste of Joliet," 6 June 2019 On Friday, May 31, hours after releasing the tracks, Miley performed at Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival, stacking four of the first five slots on her setlist with new tunes, Billboard reports. Krystin Arneson, Teen Vogue, "Liam Hemsworth Posts Photo of Miley Cyrus, Jokes About Being the Best Photographer," 2 June 2019 On Friday night, hours after releasing the tracks, Cyrus performed at Barcelona's Primavera Sound festival, stacking four of the first five slots on her setlist with new tunes, Billboard reports. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "Liam Hemsworth Is the Best Instagram Husband, and the Receipts Are Right Here," 1 June 2019 Even the game’s crooning theme song is an overt recreation of the iconic Snake Eater theme—itself a callback to early James Bond tunes. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Never Stop Sneakin’ is a brilliant send-up of ’90s stealth games," 12 July 2018 Keeping up with the times, its newest update launched in 2017 includes sky-dancing drones synced with the show’s tunes. Candace Clayvon, ajc, "A guide to Stone Mountain Park’s Lasershow," 21 June 2018 As the tributes flowed, so did the wine and food, as well as music, from a sound system apparently pre-programmed with tunes for all kind of parties on the site. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "Artist recovers painting blown into the bay," 14 June 2018 Guests can pose for Instagram-worthy shots and are also welcome to dance along to tunes spun by celebrity deejays Zen Freeman, Devin Lucien and Caroline D’Amore. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Parents' Day Out! Ashlee Simpson and Evan Ross to Celebrate National Rosé Day in Malibu," 8 June 2018 At the most recent fair, in October of 2018, visitors could browse booths, nibble on food from local vendors, stop to play a game of cornhole, or cozy up to a firepit—all to the tune of live music. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Field + Supply: The Craft Fair Worth Traveling Cross Country For," 12 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Stay tuned for all the Xbox E3 news tomorrow, as The Verge will be covering every announcement live. Tom Warren, The Verge, "Microsoft hints at next-generation Xbox ‘Scarlet’ in E3 teasers," 8 June 2019 But stay tuned—Town & Country will continue to offer updates right here. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Gentleman Jack Is Returning for a Second Season. Here's What We Know So Far.," 4 June 2019 And stay tuned for extended savings deals from May 28 through June 3. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "The Best Memorial Day Sales of 2019, From Mattresses to Appliances," 21 May 2019 Next week promises to go further into the future of the Browns and their family, so stay tuned. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "4 Explosive Moments From the 'Sister Wives' Tell-All Part 1," 15 Apr. 2019 Stay tuned for more announcements and be sure to keep checking the official Forces of Fashion website for updates. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "The Vogue Forces of Fashion Conference is Back in 2019 With Tom Ford, Tory Burch, and More," 28 Mar. 2019 Be sure to tune into this year's Winterfest and Winter Love Story, which premieres January 19 at 8 PM/7 PM Central. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "'Winter Love Story' Actress Jen Lilley Reveals 6 Hallmark Movie Secrets," 18 Jan. 2019 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

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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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showing courage and determination

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