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English definition of “tone sth down”

tone sth down

verb [T] uk phrasal verb with tone   /təʊn/ us    /toʊn/ (also tone up)
to make something less forceful or offensive, usually a piece of writing or a speech: Some of the language in the original play has been toned down for the television version.Becoming and making less strongBecoming and making smaller or lessBecoming and making less strong
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