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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
change one's tune, sing a different tune, to the tune of, tune in, tune out
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sequence of agreeable musical tones; a melody.
He whistled a tune as he made himself a sandwich.I wrote the tune to the song, and my partner wrote the words.
similar words:
aria, ditty, motif, music, song, strain, theme
definition 2: a song, especially one that is popular or well-known.
The jukebox was playing a great tune, and we were all singing along.Why don't you play some tunes we can dance to?
definition 3: accurate musical pitch.
She cannot sing in tune.
similar words:
ear, pitch
definition 4: the state of being adjusted to proper or accurate musical pitch.
I hope the piano in tune.The guitars seemed to be out of tune with each other.
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definition 5: agreement, consonance, or harmony.
His point of view is out of tune with the times.My husband and I have always been in tune on political issues.
accord, agreement, consonance, harmony
similar words:
accordance, concord, conformity, congruence, congruity, correspondence, euphony, in step, sympathy, unison
definition 6: the adjustment of an electronic device to receive signals clearly at a given frequency.
The radio requires a tune sometimes because I listen to a weak station.
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phrase: change one's tune
phrase: sing a different tune
phrase: to the tune of
part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: tunes, tuning, tuned
definition 1: to adjust (one or more musical instruments) to accurate or proper musical pitch (sometimes fol. by "up").
The orchestra tuned their instruments as the audience took their seats.
similar words:
adjust, attune, modulate
definition 2: to adjust (an engine, mechanism, or the like) so that it works properly (often fol. by "up").
After the repair shop tuned up the engine, the car didn't stall anymore.
similar words:
adjust, regulate, set
definition 3: to adjust (a radio or television) to receive signals clearly at a specific frequency.
I'll go tune the radio; it's losing its signal.
similar words:
adjust, dial, modulate, set
definition 4: to bring into agreement, consonance, or harmony.
I found it easier than I'd expected to tune myself to my new surroundings.
attune, harmonize
similar words:
align, calibrate, coordinate, modulate, regulate, synchronize
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to adjust one or more musical instruments to proper pitch (often fol. by "up").
She tuned up carefully before her violin recital.
similar words:
warm up
definition 2: to be or come to be in agreement or harmony.
His advisers told him he should tune with the times.
similar words:
coordinate, synchronize
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phrase: tune in
phrase: tune out
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