\ 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

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 Tyler Bertuzzi and Pius Suter each scored twice Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena as the Wings beat up on the San Jose Sharks to the tune of a 6-2 victory. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, 5 Jan. 2022 Williams’ explosiveness has been on full display after transferring from Ohio State to the tune of 1,507 yards on 75 receptions (20.1 yards per catch) and 15 touchdowns. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, 5 Jan. 2022 The company apparently has liabilities to the tune of around $300 billion and a default could impact Chinese banks and credit markets, and this caused a broader sell-off in Chinese and global stocks on Monday. Trefis Team, Forbes, 4 Jan. 2022 Johnson & Johnson settled with the state to the tune of $230 million in June 2021, followed soon after by a $1.1 billion settlement with distribution companies McKesson Corporation, Cardinal Health Inc. and Amerisource Bergen Drug Corporation. Lauren Del Valle And Evan Simko-bednarski, CNN, 30 Dec. 2021 That’s because Covid-19 has once again been making its way across the city, to the tune of nearly 4,000 new cases each day: the highest those figures have been since last April, before vaccines were widely available. Elizabeth Yuko, Rolling Stone, 16 Dec. 2021 Today, and especially during the pandemic, mass layoffs, to the tune of even several thousand workers at once, are not at all uncommon, and have become more a representation of a company’s shaky financial standing than its failure of character. Jane Thier, Fortune, 13 Dec. 2021 On a day when the offense failed to emerge from its slump, the defense again bailed them out to the tune of four takeaways, a touchdown, five sacks and eight total quarterback hits. Jori Epstein, USA TODAY, 13 Dec. 2021 LG Energy, together with affiliate LG Electronics, needs to compensate GM for the recent recall of Chevy Bolt, to the tune of $1.9 billion. Jacky Wong, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Interested in finding out more about how to tune into the electrifying countdown to the New Year? Kaitlyn Mcinnis, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2021 And past the foyer sits the mission operations center, complete with a dizzying array of computer screens and radio-like devices that allow technicians to tune into specific conversations without having to get up and walk across the room. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 17 Dec. 2021 Similar to the signature feature of sibling streamer Pluto TV, the P+ linear feeds will allow subscribers to tune into curated programming already in progress rather than scroll through endless rows of titles looking for something to watch. Josef Adalian, Vulture, 9 Dec. 2021 Now, as audiences tune into Anything Is Possible, Garnett hopes his own life lessons inspire them. Lindsay Kimble, PEOPLE.com, 12 Nov. 2021 The actual dislike button, however, will remain and viewers can still dislike a video to tune their personal recommendations. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, 11 Nov. 2021 Leave your questions for Dom and Alexa below, and then tune back in to this page on Friday, Nov. 5 at 12 p.m. EST to get answers and chat with them live. Dom Amore, courant.com, 3 Nov. 2021 To make this possible, their model posits that treelike branches receiving inputs on the tops of neurons are listening only for bursts — the internal teaching signal — in order to tune their connections and decrease error. Quanta Magazine, 18 Oct. 2021 Currently, licensed hearing specialists that can tune hearings aids for each individual wearer are the only ones that can sell them. Jacob Siegal, BGR, 13 Oct. 2021

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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 tune, tuin, tewne "musical sound, melody, key of a musical composition," borrowed from Anglo-French tun, ton, tuen tone entry 1

Note: In Middle English tune is effectively a variant of tone, but both forms are irregular outcomes of their Anglo-French sources (see note at tone entry 1). In the case of tune, the vowel nucleus seems to have fallen together with the outcomes of the French diphthong ui, as in june and puny.


derivative of tune entry 1

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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 The news will make him change his tune.

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: Sense 4 of tune 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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