verb (used with object), tuned, tun·ing.
- to adjust (a circuit, frequency, or the like) so as to bring it into resonance with another circuit, a given frequency, or the like.
- to adjust (a receiving apparatus) so as to make it compatible in frequency with a transmitting apparatus whose signals are to be received.
- to adjust (a receiving apparatus) so as to receive the signals of a particular transmitting station.
- to utter, sound, or express musically.
- to play upon (a lyre).
verb (used without object), tuned, tun·ing.
- to adjust a radio or television set so as to stop or avoid receiving (a station or channel).
- Slang.to stop paying attention to a person, situation, etc.
- to cause a group of musical instruments to be brought to the same pitch.
- to begin to sing.
- to bring into proper operating order, as a motor: Before starting on our trip we should have the car tuned up.
Origin of tune
Synonyms for tune
Related Words for tuneconcert, chorus, theme, ditty, harmony, jingle, piece, composition, consonance, motif, song, descant, aria, number, air, strain, lay, measure, carol, warble
Examples from the Web for tune
Contemporary Examples of tune
It starts off like any other Lana tune, replete with minor chords and humming, distorted vocals.The 14 Best Songs of 2014: Bobby Shmurda, Future Islands, Drake, and More
December 31, 2014
It would take a few years for the ministry to change its tune on Borat.When Countries Lose Their Shit Over American Movies
December 17, 2014
Tune in next week for the rest of our in-depth interview with Mockingjay director Francis Lawrence.What ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1’ Has in Common with ISIS Videos and Killing Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
He can even hold a tune, as his scene-stealing turn in Les Miserables proved.Eddie Redmayne’s Time Has Come: On His Heartrending Turn as Stephen Hawking and Benedict Bromance
November 3, 2014
After all, ESPN is officially a business partner of the NFL to the tune of $5 billion plus per annum.How the Media Failed to Nail the NFL
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Historical Examples of tune
The tune was familiar to her in happier days, and she listened to it with tears.
The birds feel it—and wonder at the tune that makes no noise.
Coax him to let you teach him—and bear with him if he should sing out of tune.Weighed and Wanting
The removal of the helmet for the first tune revealed the man's features.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Their bugle sang again, but Dick did not know what the tune meant.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
Word Origin for tune
late 14c., "a musical sound, a succession of musical notes," unexplained variant of tone. Meaning "state of being in proper pitch" is from mid-15c.
"bring into a state of proper pitch," c.1500, from tune (n.). Non-musical meaning "to adjust an organ or receiver" is recorded from 1887. Verbal phrase tune in in reference to radio (later also TV) is recorded from 1913; figurative sense of "become aware" is recorded from 1926. Tune out "to eliminate radio reception" is recorded from 1908; figurative sense of "disregard, stop heeding" is from 1928. Related: Tuned; tuning.
In addition to the idioms beginning with tune
- tune in
- tune out
- tune up
- call the tune
- carry a tune
- change one's tune
- dance to another tune
- in tune
- to the tune of