tune in

tuned in; tuning in; tunes 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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Most of the voters tuning in will be watching for Biden’s first tangle with Warren. Philip Elliott, Time, "The September Democratic Debate is a Key Test for an Unsettled Field," 11 Sep. 2019 Just 376,000 viewers tuned in to watch the mayor’s town hall, a decrease of 25 percent from CNN’s normal Sunday night ratings. Jeffery C. Mays, New York Times, "Bill de Blasio May End 2020 Presidential Bid Next Month," 4 Sep. 2019 In July, a record-breaking 149,000 viewers tuned in to ESPN2 to watch a match between the North Carolina Courage and the Chicago Red Stars. NBC News, "After World Cup boost, women's pro soccer hopes to keep the momentum," 21 Aug. 2019 Business folk tuned in to the two-hour presentation expecting less red tape, fewer tariffs, more incentives for investment and lower taxes. The Economist, "India Inc is growing disenchanted with Narendra Modi," 17 Aug. 2019 Both Arab and Jewish viewers — many of them women — tune in each week to watch the drama unfold. Nora Mcgreevy, BostonGlobe.com, "In ‘Tel Aviv on Fire,’ soap opera meets Middle Eastern politics," 15 Aug. 2019 The reaction at the time (from the 62 people still tuned in to preseason garbage time): yawn. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Five 49ers to watch in preseason opener," 10 Aug. 2019 The second Democratic debate is being broadcast by CNN, and the 24-hour cable news network offers a number of ways to tune in. Caitlin Kelly, WIRED, "How to Watch the Second Democratic Presidential Debate," 30 July 2019 Hundreds of millions tuned in to radios or watched the grainy black-and-white images on TV as Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969 , in one of humanity's most glorious technological achievements. al.com, "Apollo 11 at 50: Celebrating first steps on another world," 20 July 2019

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First Known Use of tune in

1913, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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