[fahyn-toon, -tyoon]

verb (used with object), fine-tuned, fine-tun·ing.

to tune (a radio or television receiver) to produce the optimum reception for the desired station or channel by adjusting a control knob or bar.
to make minor adjustments in so as to produce stability, improvement, or the precise results desired: to fine-tune the nation's economy.

Origin of fine-tune

First recorded in 1920–25
Related formsfine-tun·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for fine-tune

tweak, adjust, calibrate, set

Examples from the Web for fine-tune

Contemporary Examples of fine-tune

  • Trying to fine-tune all that to a desired end is not only a form of madness but doomed to failure.

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    December 18, 2014

  • After appearing in several plays, Chastain was accepted into the prestigious Juilliard School in order to fine-tune her craft.

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British Dictionary definitions for fine-tune



(tr) to make fine adjustments to (something) in order to obtain optimum performance
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