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tune

noun \ ˈtün , ˈtyün \
Updated on: 10 Nov 2017

Definition of tune

1 a :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
3 a :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 apiece
  • Amer. Fabrics
5 a :manner of utterance :intonation; specifically :phonetic modulation
b archaic :quality of sound :tone

Examples of tune in a Sentence

  1. hummed a little tune while I sorted the laundry

  2. your negative assessment of the restaurant seems to be in tune with the opinions of the critics

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Origin and Etymology of tune

Middle English, from Anglo-French tun, tuen tone


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tune

verb

Definition of tune

tuned; tuning
transitive verb
1 :to adjust in musical pitch or cause to be in tune
  • tuned her guitar
2 a :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

Examples of tune in a Sentence

  1. The piano needs to be tuned.

  2. We tuned our bikes before the road trip.

  3. The mechanic tuned the engine.

  4. The copilot tuned the radio to hear the message.

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First Known Use of tune

15th century


TUNE Defined for English Language Learners

tune

noun

Definition of tune for English Language Learners

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


tune

verb

Definition of tune for English Language Learners

  • : 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


TUNE Defined for Kids

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tune

noun \ ˈtün , ˈtyün \

Definition of tune for Students

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

tuneful

\-fəl\ adjective

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tune

verb

Definition of tune for Students

tuned; tuning
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.

tuner

noun
tune out
:to ignore what is happening or being said


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