tune Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “tune” in the English Dictionary

"tune" in British English

See all translations

tunenoun

uk   /tjuːn/  us   /tuːn/
  • tune noun (MUSICAL NOTES)

A2 [C] a ​series of ​musicalnotes, ​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 ​playingnotes that are at the ​right pitch (= ​level) or that ​agree with ​others being ​sung or ​playedout of tune C1 singing or ​playingnotes that are at the ​wrong pitch (= ​level) or that do not ​agree with ​others being ​sung or ​played: The ​piano is out of tune.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

  • 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 ​customerswant. Her ​theories were out of tune with the ​scientificthinking of the ​time.
  • tune noun (AMOUNT)

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

tuneverb [T]

uk   /tjuːn/  us   /tuːn/
(Definition of tune from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tune" in American English

See all translations

tunenoun

 us   /tun/
  • tune noun (MUSICAL NOTES)

[C] a ​series of ​musicalnotes, esp. one that is ​pleasant and ​easy to ​remember; a ​melody: That’s a very ​pretty tune.
  • tune noun (CORRECT MUSICAL NOTES)

[U] the ​state of being ​adjusted to the ​correctpitch (= ​degree to which a ​musicalnote is high or ​low) : This ​piano is out of tune (= the ​notes are too high or ​low). Paul just can’t ​sing in tune (= with ​correctlyproducednotes).

tuneverb [T]

 us   /tun/
  • tune verb [T] (ADJUST INSTRUMENT)

to ​adjust a ​musicalinstrument so the ​soundsproduced are the ​correctpitch (= ​degree to which the ​sound is high or ​low): Tune ​yourguitar before you ​practice.
  • tune verb [T] (ADJUST SIGNAL)

to move the ​controls on a ​radio or ​television set so that it ​receivesprogramsbroadcast from a ​particularstation: Tune ​yourradio to 88.3 FM.
  • tune verb [T] (ADJUST ENGINE)

to ​change the setting of ​particularparts of an ​engine so that it ​works as well as ​possible: The ​engineneeds tuning.
(Definition of tune from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tune" in Business English

See all translations

tunenoun [C]

uk   us   /tjuːn/
in tune with if a ​person or ​organization is in tune with ​people or ​ideas, they are able to understand them: These new ​products are in tune with the ​requirements of a younger ​market. His ​approach to HR is in tune with the new ​managementpolicies.
to the tune of informal used to ​talk about how much something ​costs: The ​organization is ​funded by the UN to the tune of $30 million. The ​company is in ​debt to the tune of several million ​Euros.

tuneverb [T]

uk   us   /tjuːn/
to make ​smallimprovements to something so that it is as good as possible for a particular ​purpose: The ​projectdeals with tuning and ​optimisingdatabaseperformance for a ​leading UK ​charity. They need ​time to tune the ​launch of this ​product. They ​provide finely tuned teaching ​support appropriate to pupils' ​individualneeds.
See also
Phrasal verbs
(Definition of tune from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “tune”
in Korean 곡, 곡조, 선율…
in Arabic أغنيّة, لَحْن…
in Malaysian tiun…
in French air…
in Russian мелодия…
in Chinese (Traditional) 曲調, 曲調,曲子, 旋律…
in Italian canzone, musica, melodia…
in Turkish ezgi, melodi, nağme…
in Polish melodia…
in Spanish melodía…
in Vietnamese giai điệu…
in Portuguese música, melodia…
in Thai ทำนอง…
in German die Melodie…
in Catalan melodia…
in Japanese 曲, 歌, メロディー…
in Chinese (Simplified) 曲调, 曲调,曲子, 旋律…
in Indonesian lagu…
What is the pronunciation of tune?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“tune” in Business English

Word of the Day

float

a large vehicle with a flat surface that is decorated and used in festivals

Word of the Day

Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
Chest pains and palpitations: talking about illness (2)
by Liz Walter,
February 03, 2016
My previous post (My leg hurts: Talking about illness (1)) presented some general vocabulary to use at the doctor’s. This one looks at some more specific areas of illness and explains some useful words and phrases that you may need to use or understand on a visit to the doctor’s. There are several

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More