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tone

noun
 
 
/təʊn/
SOUND QUALITY [C, U] B2 the quality of a sound, especially of someone's voice: I knew by her tone of voice that she was serious.Ways of speakingLinguistic terms and linguistic styleTechnical music terms
FEELING/STYLE [U, no plural] the general feeling or style that something has: Then the director arrived and the whole tone of the meeting changed.Quality and standardFeelings - general words
TELEPHONE [C] B2 an electronic sound made by a telephone: a dialling tone/an engaged toneCommunicating by telephone
COLOUR [C] one of the many types of a particular colourColour - general words
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