\ ˈtün How to pronounce tune (audio) , ˈtyün\

Definition of tune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a pleasing succession of musical tones : melody
b : a dominant theme
2 : correct musical pitch or consonance used chiefly in the phrases in tune and out of tune
3a : agreement, harmony in tune with the times
b : general attitude : approach changed his tune when the going got rough
c archaic : a frame of mind : mood
4 : amount, extent custom-made to the tune of $40 to $50 apieceAmer. Fabrics
5a : manner of utterance : intonation specifically : phonetic modulation
b archaic : quality of sound : tone


tuned; tuning

Definition of tune (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to adjust in musical pitch or cause to be in tune tuned her guitar
2a : to bring into harmony : attune
b : to adjust for precise functioning often used with up tune up an engine
c : to make more precise, intense, or effective
3 : to adjust with respect to resonance at a particular frequency: such as
a : to adjust (a radio or television receiver) to respond to waves of a particular frequency often used with in
b : to establish radio contact with tune in a directional beacon
4 : to adjust the frequency of the output of (a device) to a chosen frequency or range of frequencies also : to alter the frequency of (radiation)

intransitive verb

1 : to become attuned
2 : to adjust a radio or television receiver to respond to waves of a particular frequency

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Synonyms for tune

Synonyms: Noun

air, lay, melody, song, strain, warble

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Examples of tune in a Sentence


hummed a little tune while I sorted the laundry your negative assessment of the restaurant seems to be in tune with the opinions of the critics


The piano needs to be tuned. We tuned our bikes before the road trip. The mechanic tuned the engine. The copilot tuned the radio to hear the message.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

While the cash parted with was significant, the club did also recoup money to the tune of £117m by selling fringe stars such as Mateo Kovacic and Marcos Llorente. SI.com, "Real Madrid's 2020 Transfer Budget Revealed With 'Plan' to Lure Kylian Mbappe," 15 Sep. 2019 In the same vain, Montana recent shellacked Northern Alabama to the tune of a 61-17 victory in Week 2. Zachary Neel, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Montana Grizzlies at Oregon Ducks odds, picks and best bets," 14 Sep. 2019 European regulators have also fined Google to the tune of $5 billion for tactics involving Android, finding that Google forced handset makers to install Google apps, thereby increasing its reach. CBS News, "48 U.S. states launch antitrust investigation into Google," 9 Sep. 2019 Chapman stuffed Pacific’s running game to the tune of 10 yards on 17 attempts. oregonlive, "George Fox drops football season opener to Redlands: Oregon small colleges roundup," 8 Sep. 2019 Wyoming upset Missouri and ran over the Tigers to the tune of 297 rushing yards. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Lane Kiffin is right: UCF belongs in the SEC | Commentary," 4 Sep. 2019 This fantastically gaudy production, directed by Alex Timbers, is an inventive, glorious celebration of pop tunes ranging from soft rock to hip-hop, all of them put in a glittery blender and served with a naughty wink. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Hottest New Show on Broadway Is . . .," 30 Aug. 2019 Following the show stopping medley of tunes, many on Twitter quickly took to their timelines to show support for Lizzo. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Lizzo Rocked Her MTV VMAs 2019 Performance in Front of a Giant, Bouncing Booty," 27 Aug. 2019 Nearby, local band Misplaced Priorities worked its way through its repertoire of upbeat tunes that kept everyone in a fun mood. Jane Napier Neely, La Cañada Valley Sun, "August events keep locals on the go; plans for next wine and food fest look delish," 20 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

About 22 million people tuned into the Season 1 finale. Emily Yahr, Washington Post, "‘Dancing with the Stars’ perfected a formula for kitschy, escapist joy. Can it survive today’s politics?," 16 Sep. 2019 Oregon State’s veteran director of football operations, Daniel Van De Riet, is likely already tuned into the possible issue. John Canzano | The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Canzano: Hawaii is now Oregon State’s biggest game of the season," 6 Sep. 2019 Rick Krim, who recently left his role as Sony/ATV Music Publishing co-president, is tuning into the 90210 housing market. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, "Former Sony/ATV Music chief Rick Krim pocket lists Beverly Hills home," 4 Sep. 2019 Some people just don’t tune into how to behave as a celebrity and therefore the wrong target. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "New Film The Fanatic Showcases the Surprising Connection Between John Travolta and Fred Durst," 30 Aug. 2019 Viewers can tune into the Fortnite World Cup on the game's official Twitch and YouTube channels. Xavier Harding, Fortune, "The Fortnite World Cup Finals May Be the Biggest Thing in Sports This Weekend. Here’s How to Watch," 26 July 2019 While working in the fields during college and for three years after graduation, Martinez tuned into the stories of his fellow farm workers, like a mother who supported her two children alone after her husband was deported. Daily Pilot, "Farm workers come to life through O.C. Fair’s featured artist," 15 July 2019 Stay tuned for the rest of the season to see if Kourtney continues to let fans in on her hair troubles — but don't expect to see her in a tight ponytail anytime soon. Neha Prakash, Allure, "Kourtney Kardashian Reveals She Underwent Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment for a Bald Spot," 9 Sep. 2019 Stay tuned, though—dementia and mental health drugs have a long history of false starts and disappointments. Sy Mukherjee, Fortune, "Health Experts Think We Could Eradicate Malaria by 2050: Brainstorm Health," 9 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of tune


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5b


15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for tune


Middle English, from Anglo-French tun, tuen tone

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English Language Learners Definition of tune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a series of musical notes that produce a pleasing sound when played or sung



English Language Learners Definition of tune (Entry 2 of 2)

: to adjust (a musical instrument) so that it makes the correct sound when played
: to make small changes to (something) in order to make it work better
: to adjust (a radio or television) so that it receives a broadcast clearly


\ ˈtün How to pronounce tune (audio) , ˈtyün\

Kids Definition of tune

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a series of pleasing musical tones : melody
2 : correct musical pitch or key We were singing out of tune.
3 : agreement sense 1, harmony Your feelings are in tune with mine.
4 : general attitude They changed their tune when they knew all the facts.

Other Words from tune

tuneful \ -​fəl \ adjective


tuned; tuning

Kids Definition of tune (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to adjust a radio or television so that it receives clearly
2 : to adjust in musical pitch I tuned my guitar.
3 : to come or bring into harmony
4 : to put (as an engine) in good working order
Hint: This sense is often used with up.
tune out
: to ignore what is happening or being said

Other Words from tune

tuner noun

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