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 tunedaccommodate, adapt, adjust, attune, conform, coordinate, dial, fix, harmonize, integrate, modulate, pitch, proportion, reconcile, regulate, set, string, tighten
Examples from the Web for tuned
Contemporary Examples of tuned
The guitar is tuned to E, and an Eminor chord on a guitar just rings and rings forever.Yes, I Like Christmas Music. Stop Laughing.
December 24, 2014
One person who tuned into my story was Matt Creed, the director of Lily.Blogger Shares and Shames Cancer in ‘Lily’
December 9, 2014
Americans who previously tuned out the long, bloody civil war are now looking to learn more.The Kardashian Look-Alike Trolling for Assad
Noah Shachtman, Michael Kennedy
October 17, 2014
But now he has reached the point where America has tuned out and turned off.Hillary Clinton Wants Bill to Lift Her Up—but Obama Will Drag Her Down
June 23, 2014
Only one in twenty had seen a full episode of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, another had tuned in for a rose ceremony.It’s About Damn Time for a Gay ‘Bachelor’
May 27, 2014
Historical Examples of tuned
For this the teacher brought out his old fiddle and tuned it.Rico and Wiseli
Before Paul arrived she had, as it were, been tuned up into his key.Howards End
E. M. Forster
Mendelssohn sat at the piano and David tuned his instrument.A Day with Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy
The radio receiver was tuned to the wave-length given in the log.The Affair of the Brains
Told 'em to fill it all round, and see that it was tuned up to the last notch.The Million-Dollar Suitcase
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