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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Thousands of people from Massachusetts and beyond will be tuning in today to watch the oldest annual marathon in the world: the Boston Marathon 2018. Kate Samuelson, Time, "How to Stream the Boston Marathon Live Online," 16 Apr. 2018 Glass believes those fans will tune in to see the movie. Michael Waters, The Hollywood Reporter, "What 'Come Sunday' Could Mean for Future Podcast Adaptations," 16 Apr. 2018 That is not why people tuned in or why social media was clogged with talk of the interview. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Stormy Daniels interview on '60 Minutes' on alleged Trump affair was icky, kind of sad," 25 Mar. 2018 Last year’s ratings were the lowest in modern history, and represented an almost 50% loss over a four year period: 43.7 million people tuned in for the 2014 ceremony versus just 26.5 million in 2018. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kevin Hart, the "Popular" Film & Cancelled Categories: A Complete Timeline of the 2019 Oscar Drama," 21 Feb. 2019 More than 17 million fans tuned in to the 20-episode season, which ended on January 7. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "HGTV's 'Love It or List It' Is Returning for Another Season," 5 Feb. 2019 More than 103 million people tuned in to watch the Super Bowl last year. Vogue, "The 13 Most Iconic Super Bowl Ads of All Time," 31 Jan. 2019 To find out who's behind your favorite creature, tune in to The Masked Singer Wednesdays at 9 p.m. EST on FOX. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Every 'Masked Singer' Fan Has Been Overlooking This Major Clue," 23 Jan. 2019 The Ceremony For cable subscribers, tune in to your local NBC affiliate for the live broadcast at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. NBC News, "Golden Globes 2018: How to watch the red carpet and awards show," 5 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of tune in

1913, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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