\ 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

Synonyms for tune

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of tune in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If the answer is yes, your options are to cue up Facebook or YouTube and tune into the live webcast via the Ironman Now page or channel. The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 May 2022 See which tune comes out on top in the season finale. Los Angeles Times Staff, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 To see full-length interviews and to participate in live Q&As, tune-in to Rolling Stone on Twitch weekdays from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. EDT. Christopher Cruz, Rolling Stone, 6 May 2022 Next door to the academy, a club repair and assembly facility offers almost 200 club shafts of various materials and weights, providing near endless amounts of customization for players to fine tune the contents of their golf bag. Jack Bantock, CNN, 6 May 2022 The tune debuted at No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, which marks her third appearance on the chart this year. Darlene Aderoju, Billboard, 4 May 2022 Fox Sports positioned the Twitter pact as driving tune-in for World Cup matches and coverage across Fox, FS1, the Fox Sports App and foxsports.com, as well as boosting engagement on Twitter itself. Todd Spangler, Variety, 4 May 2022 The system can automatically search historical data sets or any gym-compatible environment to automatically generate, tune, and rank the best RL pipeline. Paul Smith-goodson, Forbes, 2 May 2022 At around the age of 13 or 14, children start to switch off their mothers’ voices and tune into unfamiliar ones — such as those of friends and new companions, according to a study published Thursday by the Stanford School of Medicine. Aidin Vaziri, San Francisco Chronicle, 28 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb As the sun sets behind the skyline, bands in dingy bars tune their instruments. New York Times, 8 Aug. 2021 On Stationhead, users tune into or host their own live radio stations with music and voice chat, and can even co-host or bring a listener on-air. Tatiana Cirisano, Billboard, 3 June 2021 Bots tune their click through rates to be in the 5 - 15% range, which is always higher than real human click rates. Dr. Augustine Fou, Forbes, 16 May 2021 Arizona State women’s basketball wasn’t immune to cancellations across the country, but a lightning-fast agreement with Lipscomb allowed the Sun Devils to shake off rust from the holiday break and tune up ahead of upcoming conference play. Jenna Ortiz, The Arizona Republic, 31 Dec. 2021 Not that that Grady needed to tune up, having already scored five goals. Glae Thien, San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Nov. 2021 Grab breakfast at the Track Kitchen and rub elbows with jockeys and trainers, then move trackside to watch the horses tune up. Washington Post, 22 Sep. 2021 All over the city, facilities managers are rushing to tune up clanky old air conditioners. Justin Davidson, Curbed, 14 Sep. 2021 And many can't wait to plot routes, research sights, and tune up their car-maintenance skills. Karen Catchpole, Travel + Leisure, 21 Aug. 2021 See More

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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 tune, tuin, tewne "musical sound, melody, key of a musical composition," borrowed from Anglo-French tun, ton, tuen tone entry 1

Note: In Middle English tune is effectively a variant of tone, but both forms are irregular outcomes of their Anglo-French sources (see note at tone entry 1). In the case of tune, the vowel nucleus seems to have fallen together with the outcomes of the French diphthong ui, as in june and puny.


derivative of tune entry 1

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More Definitions for tune


\ 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 The news will make him change his tune.

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: Sense 4 of tune 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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