Meaning of “set the tone (for something)” in the English Dictionary

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"set the tone (for something)" in American English

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set the tone (for something)

to establish a particular mood or character for something:

The governor's speech set the tone for the whole conference.
The good financial news set an optimistic tone for the year.

(Definition of “set the tone (for something)” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)