tune out

tuned out; tuning out; tunes 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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Morgan sang the tune out, and the crowd roared in response, joining along immediately. Julia Poe, Pro Soccer USA, "USWNT stars Alex Morgan, Ali Krieger and Ashlyn Harris honored at World Cup celebration in Orlando," 17 July 2019 Fire up the grill and whip up a classic summer potluck dish (potato salad, anyone?) while tuning out your worries and tuning in to summer fun. Natalie Schumann, Country Living, "40 Classic Summer Country Songs That Never Get Old," 7 June 2019 Twitter founder Jack Dorsey is one of the higher-profile people to take time off in order to tune out the fervent buzz of an always-on world and tune in to themselves. Ephrat Livni, Quartzy, "Retreating into silence is increasingly appealing…but where do you go?," 6 June 2019 Research supports the idea that a little background sound can help people tune out sleep-disrupting creaks or clatter. Markham Heid, Time, "Why Not Everyone Should Sleep with a White Noise Machine," 4 June 2019 That allowed Johnson to tune out the recruiting noise over his final two record-breaking seasons at Port Neches-Groves. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Quarterback’s eyes always were upon Texas," 4 June 2019 When a thoughtless or unkind word is spoken, best tune out. NBC News, "How to dissent like RBG," 10 June 2018 So enjoy them while Goldilocks reigns over our economy (see my May 6 column on that topic) and tune out the geopolitical noise. Ken Fisher, USA TODAY, "Why rising gas prices won't last, even after Trump ends Iran nuclear deal," 20 May 2018 Some people are glued to live parliamentary debates with a dedication normally reserved for soccer, but others have tuned out, unable to bear news of the latest incremental development that seems to resolve nothing. Danica Kirka, The Seattle Times, "Brexhaustion: Long, grinding Brexit is stressing people out," 12 Apr. 2019

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First Known Use of tune out

1908, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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