- (UK) IPA(key): /tjuːn/, /tʃuːn/
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- (US) IPA(key): /tun/, /tjun/
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- Rhymes: -uːn
- Homophone: chewn (among those with yod-coalescence in stressed syllables)
- A melody.
- A song, or short musical composition.
- (informal) The act of tuning or maintenance.
- Your engine needs a good tune.
- The state or condition of being correctly tuned.
- Your engine is now in tune.
- This piano is not in tune.
- (obsolete) Temper; frame of mind.
- (obsolete) A sound; a note; a tone.
- c. 1608–1609 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The Tragedy of Coriolanus”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, scene iii], page 12, column 2:
- Pray you now, if it may the ſtand with the tune of your voices, that I may bee Conſull, I haue heere the Cuſtomarie Gowne.
- (obsolete) Order; harmony; concord.
- call the tune
- can't carry a tune in a bucket
- carry a tune
- change one's tune
- dance to a different tune
- dance to a new tune
- dance to someone's tune
- in tune
- loony tune
- out of tune
- showtune, show tune
- signature tune
- sing a different tune
- sing the same tune
- to the tune of
- who pays the piper calls the tune
song, short musical composition
informal: act of tuning
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- (UK, slang) Used to show appreciation or approval of a song.
- You heard the new Rizzle Kicks song? — Tune!
- To adjust (a musical instrument) so that it produces the correct pitches.
- to tune a piano or a violin
- 1568, William Cornishe [i.e., William Cornysh], “In the Fleete Made by Me William Cornishe otherwise Called Nyshwhete Chapelman with the Most Famose and Noble Kyng Henry the VII. His Reygne the XIX. Yere the Moneth of July. A Treatise betwene Trouth, and Information.”, in John Skelton; J[ohn] S[tow], editor, Pithy Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, Poete Laureate, London: […] Thomas Marshe, OCLC 54747393; republished as Pithy Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, Poete Laureate to King Henry the VIIIth, London: […] C. Davis […], 1736, OCLC 731569711, page 290:
- The Harpe. […] A harper with his wreſt maye tune the harpe wrong
Mys tunying of an Inſtrument ſhal hurt a true ſonge
- 1681, John Dryden, The Spanish Fryar: Or, the Double Discovery. […], London: […] Richard Tonson and Jacob Tonson, […], OCLC 6484883, Act II, page 21:
- She bids me hope; oh Heav'ns; ſhe pities me!
And pity ſtill foreruns approching love;
As Lightning does the Thunder! Tune your Harps
Ye Angels to that ſound; and thou, my Heart,
Make room to entertain thy flowing Joy.
- 1693, Decimus Junius Juvenalis; John Dryden, transl., “[The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis.] The Tenth Satyr”, in The Satires of Decimus Junius Juvenalis. Translated into English Verse. […] Together with the Satires of Aulus Persius Flaccus. […], London: Printed for Jacob Tonson […], OCLC 80026745, page 199:
- Fortune foretun'd the Dying Notes of Rome:
Till I, thy Conſul ſole, conſol'd thy Doom.
- To adjust or modify (esp. a mechanical or electrical device) so that it functions optimally.
- Tuning the engine gave me an extra twenty horsepower.
- Tune your mind, and anything becomes possible.
- To adjust the frequency on a radio or TV set, so as to receive the desired channel.
- Tune to Channel 6 for all your favourite daytime shows.
- Of faculties, senses, etc.: to adapt to or direct towards a particular target.
- My ears were tuned to the sounds of the forest.
- To make more precise, intense, or effective; to put into a proper state or disposition.
- c. 1604–1605, William Shakespeare, “All’s VVell, that Ends VVell”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act IV, scene iii], page 246, column 2:
- [H]ee hath incurred the euerlaſting diſpleaſure of the King, who had euen tun'd his bounty to ſing happineſſe to him.
- To attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious.
- (transitive) To give a certain tone or character to.
- (obsolete) To sing with melody or harmony.
- c. 1595–1596 (date written), W. Shakespere [i.e., William Shakespeare], A Pleasant Conceited Comedie Called, Loues Labors Lost. […] (First Quarto), London: […] W[illiam] W[hite] for Cut[h]bert Burby, published 1598, OCLC 61366361; republished as Shakspere’s Loves Labours Lost (Shakspere-Quarto Facsimiles; no. 5), London: W[illiam] Griggs, […], , OCLC 1154977408, [Act IV, scene iii]:
- 1667, John Milton, “Book V”, in Paradise Lost. […], London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554, lines 195-196:
- Fountains and yee, that warble, as ye flow,
Melodious murmurs, warbling tune his praiſe.
- (transitive, South Africa, slang) To be impudent towards; to cheek.
- Are you tuning me?
- (fandom slang) to adjust the parameters of singing voice synthesis software such as VOCALOID (in order to achieve certain singing techniques, increase the human quality of the voice, etc.)
to adjust a musical instrument
to adjust (e.g. a mechanical or electrical device) so that it functions optimally
to adjust the frequency on a radio or TV set, so as to receive the desired channel
to adapt to or direct towards a particular target
to make more precise, intense, or effective
to adjust the parameters of singing voice synthesis software
- tune in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- tune in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911
tune f (plural tunes)
- (slang) Alternative spelling of
- “tune”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
- inflection of :
- Alternative form of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- first-person singular imperative of
- third-person singular imperative of
- inflection of :
tune (personal, second person singular)
tune m (possessive, feminine toje)