Definition of “tune” - English Dictionary

“tune” in British English

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tunenoun

uk /tʃuːn/ 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:

The piano is out of tune.

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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.

tuneverb [ T ]

uk /tʃuːn/ us /tuːn/

tune verb [ T ] (ENGINE)

to make slight changes to an engine so that it works as well as possible:

The engine 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 Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“tune” in American English

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tunenoun

us /tun/

tune noun (MUSICAL NOTES)

[ C ] a series of musical notes, 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 correct pitch (= degree to which a musical note 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 correctly produced notes).

tuneverb [ T ]

us /tun/

tune verb [ T ] (ADJUST INSTRUMENT)

to adjust a musical instrument so the sounds produced are the correct pitch (= degree to which the sound is high or low):

Tune your guitar before you practice.

tune verb [ T ] (ADJUST SIGNAL)

to move the controls on a radio or television set so that it receives programs broadcast from a particular station:

Tune your radio to 88.3 FM.

tune verb [ T ] (ADJUST ENGINE)

to change the setting of particular parts of an engine so that it works as well as possible:

The engine needs tuning.

(Definition of “tune” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“tune” in Business English

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tunenoun [ C ]

uk /tjuːn/ us
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 management policies.
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 /tjuːn/ us

to make small improvements to something so that it is as good as possible for a particular purpose:

They need time to tune the launch of this product.
They provide finely tuned teaching support appropriate to pupils' individual needs.
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(Definition of “tune” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)