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English definition of “tune”

tune

noun uk   /tjuːn/ us    /tuːn/

tune noun (MUSICAL NOTES)

A2 [C] a series of musical notes, especially one that is pleasant and easy to remember: He was humming a tune as he dried the dishes. a theme tune That's a very catchy tune (= easy to remember and pleasant).
Synonym
in tune C1 singing or playing notes that are at the right pitch (= level) or that agree with others being sung or played out of tune C1 singing or playing notes that are at the wrong pitch (= level) or that do not agree with others being sung or played: I'm afraid the piano is out of tune.

tune noun (UNDERSTANDING)

be in/out of tune with sb/sth C2 If you are in tune with people or ideas, you understand or agree with them, and if you are out of tune with them, you do not: Much of his success comes from being in tune with what his customers want. Her theories were out of tune with the scientific thinking of the time.

tune noun (AMOUNT)

to the tune of to the stated amount: The City Council had financed the new building to the tune of over four million pounds.

tune noun (ENGINE)

[C usually singular] UK a tune-up

tune

verb [T] uk   /tjuːn/ us    /tuːn/

tune verb [T] (INSTRUMENT)

to change a part of a musical instrument so that the instrument produces the correct sounds when played: Get into the habit of tuning your guitar every day before you practise. She tuned (up) her violin before the concert.

tune verb [T] (RADIO)

to move the controls on a radio, television, etc. so that it receives programmes broadcast from a particular station: Press this button and the video will automatically tune itself to the next channel. His radio is constantly tuned to KROQ-FM, the local rock station.

tune verb [T] (ENGINE)

to make slight changes to an engine so that it works as well as possible: The engine certainly needs tuning but there's nothing wrong with the car. Could you tune (up) the engine for me, please?
(Definition of tune from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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