tune Definition

  • 1a melody, especially one that is easily remembered or associated with a particular song
  • 2adjust (a musical instrument) to the correct or uniform pitch
  • 3bring into harmony

Using tune: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "tune" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She hummed a tune while she worked.

  • Example

    I can't get that tune out of my head.

  • Example

    The band was tuning their instruments before the concert.

  • Example

    He tuned the guitar to an open G chord.

tune Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for tune

Antonyms for tune

Idioms Using tune

  • change one's tune

    change one's opinion or attitude


    He used to hate spicy food, but he changed his tune after trying it.

  • try to remain cheerful in difficult circumstances


    Even though she was nervous, she tried to whistle a happy tune to calm herself down.

  • at a cost or rate of


    The repairs to the house cost us to the tune of $10,000.

Phrases with tune

  • in agreement or harmony


    Their opinions were in tune with each other.

  • not in agreement or harmony


    His behavior was out of tune with the rest of the team.

  • be in control of a situation


    As the CEO, he calls the tune for the company.

Origins of tune

from Middle English 'tune(n)', meaning 'to sound a musical note'


Summary: tune in Brief

The term 'tune' [tjuːn] refers to a melody that is easily remembered or associated with a particular song. It can also mean to adjust a musical instrument to the correct pitch or bring something into harmony. Phrases like 'in tune' and 'out of tune' denote agreement or disagreement, while idioms like 'change one's tune' and 'whistle a happy tune' express changes in attitude or attempts to remain cheerful. 'Tune' can also be used in phrases like 'call the tune' to indicate control over a situation.

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