Tune definition

to͝on, tyo͝on
(obs.) A sound or tone.
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A melody, especially a simple and easily remembered one.
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(electronics) Adjustment of a receiver or circuit for maximum response to a given signal or frequency.
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(obsolete) A musical tone.
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A song.
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The state of being in correct pitch.

Sang out of tune; played in tune with the piano.

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Concord or agreement; harmony.

In tune with the times.

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(archaic) Frame of mind; disposition.
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(music) To put into proper pitch.

Tuned the violin.

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(archaic) To utter musically; sing.
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To become attuned.
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A succession of musical tones forming a rhythmic, catchy whole; melody; air.
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A musical setting of a hymn, psalm, poem, etc.
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The condition of having correct musical pitch, or of being in key.
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Harmony; agreement; concord.
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To adjust (a musical instrument) to some standard of pitch; put in tune.
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To adapt (music, the voice, etc.) to some pitch, tone, or mood.
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To adapt to some condition, mood, etc.; bring into harmony or agreement.
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(now rare) To utter or express musically.
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To adjust (a system, motor, etc.) to the proper or desired condition or performance.
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To adjust (a radio or TV receiver) to a given frequency or channel.
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To be in tune; harmonize.
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A song, or short musical composition.
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(informal) The act of tuning or maintenance.

Your engine needs a good tune.

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The state or condition of being correctly tuned.

Your engine is now in tune.

This piano is not in tune.

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(UK, slang) A very good song.

You heard the new Rizzle Kicks song? "”Mate, that is a tune!

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To modify a musical instrument so that it produces the correct pitches.

To tune a piano or a violin.

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To adjust a mechanical, electric or electronic device (such as a radio or a car engine) so that it functions optimally.
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To make more precise, intense, or effective; to put into a proper state or disposition.

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To give tone to; to attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious.
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To sing with melody or harmony.
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(South Africa, slang) To cheek; to be impudent towards.

Are you tuning me?

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Tune is defined as to adjust or adapt a condition, situation, instrument or voice.

An example of tune is turning a radio dial to a particular station.

An example of tune is adjusting the strings of a guitar until they sound in key.

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The definition of a tune is a song, a melody, having correct musical pitch or being in the correct key.

An example of a tune is The Star Spangled Banner.

An example of a tune is the music of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star.

An example of a tune is a person able to sing on key.

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To adjust or adopt in order to meet specific requirements or conditions, especially:
  • To adjust (an electronic receiver) to a desired frequency.
  • To adjust (an electronic circuit) so as to make it resonant with a given input signal.
  • To adjust (an engine, for example) for maximum usability or performance.
  • To adjust the wavelength output of (a laser).
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to the tune of
  • To the sum or extent of:
    Produced profits to the tune of $10 million.
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call the tune
  • to direct proceedings; be in control
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change one's tune
  • to change markedly one's attitude or manner
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sing a different tune
  • to talk or act differently because of a change of attitude
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to the tune of
  • to the sum, price, or extent of
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tune in
  • to adjust a radio or television receiver to a given frequency or channel so as to receive (a specified station, program, etc.)
  • to become or make aware, knowing, hip, etc.
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tune out
  • to adjust a radio or TV receiver so as to eliminate (interference, a particular broadcasting station, etc.)
  • to turn one's attention, sympathies, etc. away from
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tune up
  • to adjust (musical instruments) to the same pitch, as in an orchestra
  • to bring (an engine, etc.) to the proper condition or level of performance, as by replacing parts, making adjustments, etc.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
tune
Plural:
tunes

Origin of tune

  • Middle English variant of tone tone tone

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English tune, from Old French ton, from Latin tonus, from Ancient Greek τονός (tonos, “a tone"); see tone, of which tune is a doublet.

    From Wiktionary