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

Examples of tune out in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These wireless earbuds tune out annoying night noise with soothing sounds that can lull listeners to sleep in any situation. Sam Dangremond And Roxanne Adamiyatt, Town & Country, 21 Apr. 2022 That’s a good dog whistle for a home audience awaiting any excuse to tune out; not so great for the members of the actual music industry that might deserve a moment in the spotlight. Chris Willman, Variety, 4 Apr. 2022 My hope is that America’s youth will resist the understandable tendency to cynically tune out and turn off. Paul Laudicina, Forbes, 20 Jan. 2022 Typically in March, coaches and players in search of championships — like VanDerveer, who is on the hunt for her fourth NCAA title — tune out everything not related to basketball. Lindsay Schnell, USA TODAY, 22 Mar. 2022 Leaders should deliver the message without sounding sanctimonious so everyone hears it and doesn’t tune out. Mark Roberts, Forbes, 6 July 2021 Modern American presidents are accorded a six-month window within which to deflect blame onto the last guy before the voters swiftly tune out. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 25 Feb. 2022 Alysa Liu learned over time to tune out harassing messages. New York Times, 8 Feb. 2022 And in a sport where the pressure is high, she's learned to tune out the noise and negativity that filters through her social media accounts. CBS News, 4 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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8 May 2022

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“Tune out.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tune%20out. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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