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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English tune, from Old French ton, from Latin tonus, from Ancient Greek τόνος (tónos, a tone). Doublet of tone.

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NounEdit

tune (countable and uncountable, plural tunes)

  1. A melody.
  2. A song, or short musical composition.
  3. (informal) The act of tuning or maintenance.
    Your engine needs a good tune.
  4. The state or condition of being correctly tuned.
    Your engine is now in tune.
    This piano is not in tune.
  5. (Britain, slang) A very good song.
    You heard the new Rizzle Kicks song? —Mate, that is a tune!
  6. (obsolete) A sound; a note; a tone.
    • Shakespeare
      the tune of your voices
  7. (obsolete) Order; harmony; concord.
    • John Locke
      A child will learn three times as much when he is in tune, as when he [] is dragged unwillingly to [his task].

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VerbEdit

tune (third-person singular simple present tunes, present participle tuning, simple past and past participle tuned)

  1. To modify 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, Imprinted at London: In Fletestreate, neare vnto Saint Dunstones Churche by Thomas Marshe, OCLC 54747393; republished as Pithy Pleasaunt and Profitable Workes of Maister Skelton, Poete Laureate to King Henry the VIIIth, London: Printed for C. Davis in Pater-noster Row, 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 Friar, or the Double Discovery, London: Richard Tonson & Jacob Tonson, Act II, p. 21,[1]
      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 []
  2. To adjust a mechanical, electric or electronic device (such as a radio or a car engine) so that it functions optimally.
  3. To make more precise, intense, or effective; to put into a proper state or disposition.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  4. To give tone to; to attune; to adapt in style of music; to make harmonious.
    • 1645, John Milton, “The Passion” in Poems of Mr. John Milton, both English and Latin, London: Humphrey Moseley, p. 17,[2]
      For now to sorrow must I tune my song,
      And set my Harpe to notes of saddest wo,
  5. To sing with melody or harmony.
  6. (South Africa, slang, transitive) To cheek; to be impudent towards.
    Are you tuning me?

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tune f (plural tunes)

  1. (slang) Alternative spelling of thune

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tune

  1. First-person singular present of tunen.
  2. First-person singular subjunctive I of tunen.
  3. Third-person singular subjunctive I of tunen.
  4. Imperative singular of tunen.

NgarrindjeriEdit

 
tune or sand

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tune

  1. sand

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PronounEdit

tune (personal, second person singular)

  1. you

tune m (possessive) (Feminine: toje

  1. your