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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And for those who find stillness in meditation, making time to tune out the noise can be deeply grounding. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "For Those Grappling With California Wildfires, Dangerous Air Quality Is a New Risk," 16 Nov. 2018 Clearly based on the numbers, people are tuning out of, including minorities. Fox News, "Katie Pavlich and Candace Owens on why they are conservative," 27 Aug. 2018 Some drivers are even willing to pay for help tuning out such warnings. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "Your fancy new car steers and brakes for you; so why keep your hands on the wheel?," 13 Apr. 2018 Ambient noise filtering: To tune out background noise. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's Yoga S940 intros Smart Assist eye-tracking, noise filtering, and a glass-wrapped display," 8 Jan. 2019 That’s not to say Bouie is wrong that there are benefits to clear, gripping, imaginative slogans over fussy wonkery or stuff that plays well in a focus group but gets tuned out in the hurly-burly of real life. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "Swing voters are extremely real," 23 July 2018 Investors tuned out the latest escalation in the trade war between the world’s two largest economies, with markets around the world climbing slightly Tuesday as President Donald Trump announced new tariffs on China and Beijing responded in kind. Matt Phillips, The Seattle Times, "As trade war escalates, stock markets shrug — here’s why," 18 Sep. 2018 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

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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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