tune in


Definition of tune in 

transitive verb

: to listen to or view a broadcast of tuned in the weather report

intransitive verb

1 : to listen to or view a broadcast tune in next week for the conclusion

2 : to associate oneself with what is happening or one's surroundings

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Homing in on younger people, from both sides of the aisle, who are maybe less tuned in to politics. Saba Hamedy, CNN, "Inside Funny or Die and Billy Eichner's plan to 'Glam Up The Midterms'," 27 May 2018 By contrast, only about 300,000 US viewers tuned in to the start of that race on Fox, with maybe only 50,000 watching the dramatic conclusion. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Racing needs new fans—and paywalls and geoblocking aren’t helping," 7 May 2018 And viewers agreed — more than 667,000 people tuned in to Ninja’s personal Twitch stream at the tournament’s peak. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Ninja’s Fortnite tournament was an exhilarating and unprecedented e-sports experiment," 24 Apr. 2018 More than 18 million people tuned in to the revival premiere, with another 6.6 million catching the telecast over the next three days. Jessica Mendoza, The Christian Science Monitor, "Why embrace of 'Roseanne' doesn't always extend to politics," 4 Apr. 2018 To see the full transformation — plus hear more tips and tricks from our queen — tune in to the tutorial above. Allie Fasanella, Allure, "Watch Mayhem Miller of Drag Race Apply Her Full Face of Makeup In This Mind-Blowing Video," 3 July 2018 Wildlife lovers around the world can once again tune in to a live stream of Katmai National Park and Preserve's salmon-grabbing brown bears. Laurel Andrews, Anchorage Daily News, "The Katmai bear cam is back: Watch the live stream here," 19 June 2018 The podcast averages about 100 downloads per episode, but the sisters said their audience is growing with each successive release, with some listeners tuning in from as far as Turkey and Canada. East Oregonian, OregonLive.com, "Sisters use podcast to find strange connections on Wikipedia," 3 June 2018 Brown has been especially tuned in as of late, helping Reagan reach the third round of the playoffs a year after finishing as the state runner-up. Adam Zuvanich, San Antonio Express-News, "Mind game: Intelligence helps Brown excel," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of tune in

1913, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of tune in was in 1913

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