Idioms

Origin of tune

1350–1400; Middle English (noun); unexplained variant of tone

Related forms

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British Dictionary definitions for tune in (1 of 2)

tune in


verb (adverb often foll by to)

to adjust (a radio or television) to receive (a station or programme)
slang to make or become more aware, knowledgeable, etc (about)

British Dictionary definitions for tune in (2 of 2)

tune

/ (tjuːn) /

noun

verb

Word Origin for tune

C14: variant of tone
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Idioms and Phrases with tune in (1 of 2)

tune in


1

Adjust a receiver to receive a particular program or signals at a particular frequency, as in Tune in tomorrow, folks, for more up-to-date news. [Early 1900s]

2

Be aware or responsive, as in She's really tuned in to teenagers. [1920s] For an antonym, see tune out.

Idioms and Phrases with tune in (2 of 2)

tune


In addition to the idioms beginning with tune

  • tune in
  • tune out
  • tune up

also see:

  • call the tune
  • carry a tune
  • change one's tune
  • dance to another tune
  • in tune
  • to the tune of
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