tune out


Definition of tune out 

transitive verb

: to become unresponsive to : ignore

intransitive verb

: to dissociate oneself from what is happening or one's surroundings

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Pedigreed white men loudly feel sorry for themselves, tuning out the quavering voices of women forced to relive the worst days of their lives. Maya Singer, Vogue, "Who's Up For Burning It All Down?," 6 Oct. 2018 Hobbies that re-center us, whether by letting us tune in or tune out, must be treasured. Matt Ortile, SELF, "Whenever My Life Feels Out of Control, I Go to Ballet Class," 16 Aug. 2018 To tune out, shut off your phone, sit in your backyard, and take in your view. Sarah Richards, Woman's Day, "Quiet Your Mind in Anxious Times With These Expert Tricks," 14 Aug. 2018 So if the Warriors effectively become the NBA’s Harlem Globetrotters while the 29 other teams morph into various incarcerations of the Washington Generals, should the NBA take action to shore up rival teams so that fans don’t tune out? Michael Mccann, SI.com, "DeMarcus Cousins and the NBA's Efforts to Keep Competitive Balance," 3 July 2018 Fans are staying away from NASCAR tracks in record numbers, television viewers are tuning out NASCAR races in record numbers and corporate sponsors are bailing out on NASCAR drivers in record numbers. Mike Bianchi, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Selling NASCAR might be only way to save shrinking sport from becoming as irrelevant as horse racing," 9 May 2018 And some fans may well have been tuning out for that reason. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Fans should vote on NFL anthem policy with their wallets," 23 May 2018 But as any parent knows, a steady diet of criticism — however well-deserved — risks being tuned out, especially if it is delivered in a hectoring, combative or dismissive key. Larry Bartels, Washington Post, "Here’s how little Americans have learned about Donald Trump," 21 Feb. 2018 Jessica, a landscape architect in Boston, tunes out the news with obscure documentaries about the history of toys and cars. Jaclyn Gallucci, Fortune, "Freaked-Out Americans Are Desperately Seeking Escape From the News," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of tune out

1908, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of tune out was in 1908

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