tune out

verb
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 Mix in fatigue from an early-morning flight or three-hour layover, screaming kids, and the overwhelming desire just to tune out for a while, and yeah, people are going to be tempted. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Traveling? This $7 gadget protects your phone from treacherous USB charging ports," 21 Nov. 2019 Across the country, the first public airing of the impeachment drama had millions of Americans tuning in — and, in some cases, deliberately tuning out. Washington Post, "Americans tune in as first public impeachment hearing opens," 13 Nov. 2019 After one remarkably counterproductive season under the spell of former general manager Paul Fenton, fans started tuning out. John Shipley, Twin Cities, "John Shipley: Wild’s play and prospects have sucked the life out of the X," 14 Nov. 2019 As a technology, noise canceling was first developed to tune out the very specific sound of airplane engines. Wired, "New Beats Solo Pro Headphones Add On-Ear Noise Canceling," 15 Oct. 2019 His avoidance of social media has helped him tune out his critics. Connor Letourneau, SFChronicle.com, "Why the Warriors are banking on Jordan Poole being a draft-night steal," 12 Oct. 2019 Here are few other takeaways from the evening that made this year’s Emmys worth celebrating—even if viewers chose to tune out. Stacey Wilson Hunt, Fortune, "Why This Year’s Emmys Felt Different," 23 Sep. 2019 Will viewers tune out the impeachment proceedings to focus on the election? BostonGlobe.com, "Your TV GPS, Globe critic Matthew Gilbert’s guide to what’s on television, appears at the beginning of each week at BostonGlobe.com. Today’s column covers Oct. 7-13.," 7 Oct. 2019 At the same time, the fans who are increasingly tuning out the NFL are also those at odds with the player protests. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Poll Shows NFL Fan Interest Remains Lower, Stark Divisions Over Anthem Protests," 31 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of tune out

1908, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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10 Dec 2019

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“Tune out.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tuned%20out. Accessed 14 December 2019.

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