tune (sth) up Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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tune (sth) up

phrasal verb with tune uk   /tjuːn/  us   /tuːn/ verb [T]


If ​musicians who are ​preparing to ​playtune up ​theirinstruments, they make ​smallchanges to them so that they ​produce the ​correctnotes: After the ​orchestra had ​tuned up, the ​conductorwalked on to the ​stage. He ​began to ​tune up his ​violin.


to ​tune an ​engine


to ​prepare for something, or to ​prepare something for something, ​especially by making ​smallchanges to ​improve it: Microsoft is ​tuning up for the ​release of ​itslatestoperatingsystem. The ​groupspent several ​weekstuning up ​itsact before the ​tourbegan.
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tune sth up

phrasal verb with tune uk   us   /tjuːn/ verb [T]
to make ​smallimprovements to something so that it is as good as possible: We'll ​advise you on how to ​tune up your ​portfolio for the end of the ​financialyear. This ​course will ​help you ​tune up your ​computerskills. Morale was high as the ​salesteamtuned up for the ​bigcampaign here in America.
(Definition of tune sth up from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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