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 tunesaccommodate, adapt, adjust, attune, conform, coordinate, dial, fix, harmonize, integrate, modulate, pitch, proportion, reconcile, regulate, set, string, tighten
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Contemporary Examples of tunes
Then he called out “Cherokee,” the name of one of the most famous, and fastest, tunes in the bebop repertoire.Why Comedians Still Think Bill Cosby Is a Genius
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Most of the eleven tunes on Songs are absolutely drowning in effects.U2 Generously Gives Us a Lousy Album, Sucks at the Corporate Teat
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With music by Leonard Bernstein, this iconic show has tunes like “New York, New York,” that are part of American lore.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More
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The “Computer Rock” tunes, with references to BASIC programming, were almost immediately rendered obsolete.Schoolhouse Rock: A Trojan Horse of Knowledge and Power
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Both thrashers, the iPods of avians, able to store more than 3,000 tunes.Uncovering the Secrets of St. Kitts
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Historical Examples of tunes
We like a story all the better for having heard it two or three tunes before.The Gorgon's Head
He had heard fragments of tunes and songs in the warm wind, which he knew had no existence.Little Dorrit
He does not rightly consort his instruments, or he tunes them in different keys.A Dish Of Orts
Where the air came from, I do not know: Elsie's brain was full of tunes.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
The tunes and hymns which are to be consecrated for each festival have been already determined by us.Laws
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