tune out

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 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 So, for those who tuned out the spring kicking bonanza at Halas Hall, the Bears’ 10-week offseason program helped them cross players off their list. Rich Campbell, chicagotribune.com, "Bears resume their ‘open competition’ at kicker, unsure the answer is in training camp," 21 July 2019 Drifting through the Seto Inland Sea, with its 3,000 tiny islands, a Guntû cruise is a neutral-palette pause: a way to tune out, reflect, and find new meaning. Toby Skinner, Condé Nast Traveler, "This Japan Cruise Might Just Be the Most Stunning Thing at Sea," 27 June 2019 Don’t tune out the message just because the messenger crossed a line. Carolyn Hax, The Mercury News, "Carolyn Hax: She doesn’t understand that I can’t put my phone down," 13 Sep. 2019 Don't tune out the message just because the messenger crossed a line. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive, "Carolyn Hax: Woman’s constant connection via cell to disabled family members is its own health hazard," 13 Sep. 2019 But parents who have lost their children say that won’t solve the problem as such routine alerts are tuned out. Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "As sensor prices drop, carmakers may finally run out of excuses for not dealing with hot-car deaths," 28 Aug. 2019 Some worry there could be a coordinated spread of misinformation by political groups, intended to drive down participation, and that fatigued voters may tune out after a contentious campaign. Alexei Koseff, SFChronicle.com, "California spending big on census after Trump’s citizenship question fight," 6 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of tune out

1908, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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The first known use of tune out was in 1908

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