ˈtün-ˌəp How to pronounce tune-up (audio)
: a general adjustment to ensure operation at peak efficiency
an engine tune-up
: a preliminary trial : warm-up

Examples of tune-up in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The opening third, the non-conference portion with a number of holiday tournaments and tune-up games for the sport’s top-tier programs, is concluded. USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2024 Other factors that could play into the Starship launch schedule include tune-ups or fixes to resolve problems that occurred on the November 18 test flight and receiving a new launch license from the Federal Aviation Administration. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 5 Dec. 2023 In a tune-up before the United States Olympic Marathon Trials in three weeks in Orlando, Huddle, who held national records in the 5,000-meter, 10,000-meter and half-marathon, won the women’s 10k in a time of 34:30 at the Arizona Rock ‘n’ Roll Running Series on Sunday morning. Logan Stanley, The Arizona Republic, 14 Jan. 2024 Saturday’s match, against Ngannou, a novice, would serve mainly as an ostentatious tune-up. Kelefa Sanneh, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 This night — Homecoming, a full Jordan-Hare Stadium and a game against Samford — marked Auburn’s final tune-up game before SEC play, and Freeze’s plan was clear. Matt Cohen | McOhen@al.com, al, 17 Sep. 2023 The Hilltoppers, to some extent, will too, but Saturday will be a nice tune-up for A Big One next week in South Bend. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 15 Sep. 2023 This week, Auburn gets its final tune-up before SEC play as Samford comes to Jordan-Hare Stadium for Homecoming weekend. Matt Cohen | McOhen@al.com, al, 11 Sep. 2023 Michigan State tangles Richmond 45-14 led by Noah Kim and Nathan Carter In all likelihood, the Week 2 game vs. Richmond is little more than a tune-up for Michigan State's first real test of the season: No. 11 Washington, in Week 3. Detroit Free Press, 9 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tune-up was in 1933

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“Tune-up.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tune-up. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

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: a general adjustment to get everything in good working order
an engine tune-up

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