a succession of musical sounds forming an air or melody, with or without the harmony accompanying it.
a musical setting of a hymn, poem, psalm, etc., usually in four-part harmony.
the state of being in the proper pitch: to be in tune.
agreement in pitch; unison; harmony.
proper adjustment, as of radio instruments or circuits with respect to frequency.
harmonious relationship; accord; agreement.
Archaic. frame of mind; mood.
Obsolete. a tone or sound.
to adjust (a musical instrument) to a correct or given standard of pitch (often followed by up).
to adapt (the voice, song, etc.) to a particular tone, to the expression of a particular feeling, or the like.
to bring (someone or something) into harmony.
to adjust (a motor, mechanism, or the like) for proper functioning.
Radio and Television.
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 put into or cause to be in a receptive condition, mood, etc.; bring into harmony or agreement.
to utter, sound, or express musically.
to play upon (a lyre).
to put a musical instrument in tune (often followed by up).
to give forth a musical sound.
to be in harmony or accord; become responsive.
tune in, to adjust a radio or television set so as to receive (signals, a particular station, etc.).
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.
Idioms about tune
call the tune, to decide matters of policy; control: He was technically running the business, but his father still called the tune.
change one's tune, to reverse one's views; change one's mind: She changed her tune about children when she married and had her own.
sing a different tune, to be forced to change one's ways, attitude, behavior, etc.: He will sing a different tune when he has to earn his own money.
to the tune of, Informal. in or about the amount of: In order to expand, they will need capital to the tune of six million dollars.
- mis·tune, verb, mis·tuned, mis·tun·ing.
- non·tuned, adjective
- re·tune, verb (used with object), re·tuned, re·tun·ing.
- un·der·tune, noun
- un·der·tune, verb (used with object), un·der·tuned, un·der·tun·ing.
- un·tuned, adjective
- well-tuned, adjective
Other definitions for Tune (2 of 2)
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How to use tune in a sentence
A cool and laid back bar with a busy open mic night and a DJ spinning a variety of tunes.Berkeley: A City That Fights for the Rights of All | LGBTQ-Editor | November 20, 2020 | No Straight News
It certainly does pay off—to the tune of up to $2,000 in average customer lifetime value in some cases, according to Stone.Free money, big addictions: Inside the booming world of online sports betting | Brett Haensel | November 15, 2020 | Fortune
The downtown concert venue welcomes the Bad Influence Band for a night of classic blues and roots tunes.The best things to do — virtually and in person — while social distancing in the D.C. area | Fritz Hahn, Hau Chu | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
To avoid this, PepsiCo’s Walkers brand not only ditched TV but also turned to sausage roll crisps, karaoke tunes, a LadBaby cameo and a charity link for its own festive ad.‘It’s difficult to make the right call’: The many faces of the U.K.’s coronavirus-era Christmas advertising | Seb Joseph | November 12, 2020 | Digiday
A fellow Cuban conguero, Chano Pozo, worked with Gillespie and helped write some of the trumpeter’s most memorable tunes, including “Manteca” and “Tin Tin Deo.”Candido Camero, ‘father of modern conga drumming,’ dies at 99 | Matt Schudel | November 12, 2020 | Washington Post
More than 20 million people tuned in to a broadcast network drama and saw two gay men have explicit sex.Year of the Butt: How the Booty Changed the World in 2014 | Kevin Fallon | December 30, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The guitar is tuned to E, and an Eminor chord on a guitar just rings and rings forever.
If your ears are tired of slick auto-tuned vocals, pick up this disk for an aural detox.
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One person who tuned into my story was Matt Creed, the director of Lily.
Michael Allcroft returned to his duties, tuned for labour, full of courage, and the spirit of enterprise and action.
D is the wire by which the tongue is tuned; E the body of the pipe which acts as a resonator.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
The writer made its acquaintance in 1866, when it was tuned on the unequal temperament system.The Recent Revolution in Organ Building | George Laing Miller
Nothing like them ever heard beforeall tuned in the same key, as you musical fellows would say, and Perkins cocked his eye.The Fifth String | John Philip Sousa
In practice it appears that musicians tuned the tetrachord b-e of this scale with the Pythagorean two Major tones and leimma.The Modes of Ancient Greek Music | David Binning Monro
British Dictionary definitions for tune
a melody, esp one for which harmony is not essential
the most important part in a musical texture: the cello has the tune at that point
the condition of producing accurately pitched notes, intervals, etc (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune): he can't sing in tune
accurate correspondence of pitch and intonation between instruments (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune): the violin is not in tune with the piano
the correct adjustment of a radio, television, or some other electronic circuit with respect to the required frequency (esp in the phrases in tune, out of tune)
a frame of mind; disposition or mood
obsolete a musical sound; note
call the tune to be in control of the proceedings
change one's tune, sing another tune or sing another a different tune to alter one's attitude or tone of speech
to the tune of informal to the amount or extent of: costs to the tune of a hundred pounds
to adjust (a musical instrument or a changeable part of one) to a certain pitch
to adjust (a note, etc) so as to bring it into harmony or concord
(tr) to adapt or adjust (oneself); attune: to tune oneself to a slower life
(tr often foll by up) to make fine adjustments to (an engine, machine, etc) to obtain optimum performance
electronics to adjust (one or more circuits) for resonance at a desired frequency
obsolete to utter (something) musically or in the form of a melody; sing
tune someone grief Southern African slang to annoy or harass someone
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Other Idioms and Phrases with tune
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
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