tune out


tuned out; tuning out; tunes out

transitive verb

: to become unresponsive to : ignore

intransitive verb

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

Examples of tune out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Justin Timberlake is tuning out the noise surrounding his recent arrest. Rachel Desantis, Peoplemag, 20 June 2024 Over the last two decades, American lectures on democracy have increasingly been tuned out. Ben Rhodes, Foreign Affairs, 18 June 2024 Opponents, meanwhile, accused the Education Department of tuning out the people who could be most affected by the new rule. Zachary Schermele, USA TODAY, 12 Apr. 2024 But there is so much evidence most people want to tune out from this election, not tune in. Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times, 18 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for tune out 

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Word History

First Known Use

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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Cite this Entry

“Tune out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tune%20out. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

tune out

: to stop paying attention to what is happening or to one's surroundings
thinking about the work and tuning everything else out

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