\ 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 uptune 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

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Examples of tune in a Sentence

Noun 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 Verb 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 Michael made a rough recording of the tune sometime in early 2012, and it was later recorded again at London's Air Studios in 2015. Marianne Garvey, CNN, "George Michael's first posthumous song debuts," 6 Nov. 2019 In 2016 and 2017, Musical.ly signed deals with Warner Music and Apple Music allowing users to integrate a broader library of tunes into their videos. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "TikTok’s parent company facing national security review, report says," 4 Nov. 2019 The blockbuster action flick’s accompanying soundtrack finally dropped Friday, and features original tunes from Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, Lana Del Rey, Nicki Minaj, Normani, Chaka Khan, and more. Joey Nolfi, EW.com, "Hear Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj, more unite for Charlie's Angels soundtrack bops," 1 Nov. 2019 Expect show tunes, comedy bits and some audience interaction. Greg Crawford, Freep.com, "Detroit's Top 10: Cool things to do this weekend, including Carrie Underwood, 'Terminator: Dark Fate'," 30 Oct. 2019 On the far side of the mall, inside Nordstrom, where pianists once provided pleasant background diversion, disk jockeys now spin tunes for store special events. Lorraine Mirabella, baltimoresun.com, "DJs, virtual reality and secondhand clothes: How department stores in Maryland are trying to stay relevant," 22 Oct. 2019 The bounce house is 32-feet tall at its highest point and even has a DJ spinning tunes to keep the party going. Weldon B. Johnson, azcentral, "Want to see the world's largest bounce house? It's coming to Phoenix," 16 Oct. 2019 The story starts with a man in the wrong key, out of tune with the real world, loading up his traveling salesman’s car every morning, lying on a motel bed every night, watching TV. Jeanette Winterson, New York Times, "Salman Rushdie Updates ‘Don Quixote’ for the Digital Age," 3 Sep. 2019 For starters, Morrison appears to have made up every song on the spot, playing a guitar going increasingly out of tune. Tom Maxwell, Longreads, "Shelved: Van Morrison’s Contractual Obligation Album," 29 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The company further fine-tuned its policies Monday, pledging to more prominently alert users when viral content is determined to be false. Anchorage Daily News, "Facebook takedowns show new Russian activity targeted Biden, praised Trump," 22 Oct. 2019 Progression has been fine-tuned so that players of all stripes can enjoy themselves, and a wider selection of activities will be awarded with experience. NBC News, "Fortnite is back, after disappearing live into a black hole," 16 Oct. 2019 El Camino succeeds by taking the time to ponder that reset button for Jesse, and in thrilling, riveting, and fine-tuned fashion, manages to find a satisfying answer. Shirley Li, The Atlantic, "El Camino Lives Up to the Legacy of Breaking Bad," 11 Oct. 2019 That response is key to things like producing red blood cells, generating new blood vessels and fine-tuning the immune system. CBS News, "2 Americans among scientists who won Nobel Prize for medicine for finding out how cells use oxygen," 7 Oct. 2019 Inventors have been fine-tuning the technology ever since. Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, "We Can't Stop Watching This Helicopter Chainsaw Slice Up Tree Limbs," 19 Sep. 2019 Now, Great Parks representatives want to fine-tune their plans for each park in the system and are inviting people to public events to weigh in with their ideas. Jeanne Houck, Cincinnati.com, "What's your vision for West Side parks? Here's your chance to weigh in," 8 Sep. 2019 Over the last 18 months, the trio of playwrights have been fine-tuning their scripts and testing them on high schools nationwide. Ashley Lee, latimes.com, "Marvel debuts stage plays with teenage Thor, Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel," 24 June 2019 Willoughby South, which tuned up with that scrimmage vs. Olmsted Falls, already equaled last year’s win total with Friday’s 38-34 win at Maple Heights. Matt Goul, cleveland.com, "Olmsted Falls maintains its bite; why Brunswick’s chain has stronger links: HS football quick hits," 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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of tune was in the 14th century

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How to pronounce tune (audio)

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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