Meaning of TUNE in English


transcription, транскрипция: [ tju:n, AM tu:n ]

( tunes, tuning, tuned)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


A tune is a series of musical notes that is pleasant and easy to remember.

She was humming a merry little tune.

= melody



You can refer to a song or a short piece of music as a tune .

She’ll also be playing your favourite pop tunes.



When someone tunes a musical instrument, they adjust it so that it produces the right notes.

‘We do tune our guitars before we go on,’ he insisted.

VERB : V n

Tune up means the same as tune .

Others were quietly tuning up their instruments.

PHRASAL VERB : V P n (not pron)


When an engine or machine is tuned , it is adjusted so that it works well.

Drivers are urged to make sure that car engines are properly tuned.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed

Tune up means the same as tune .

The shop charges up to $500 to tune up a Porsche.

PHRASAL VERB : V P n (not pron)


If your radio or television is tuned to a particular broadcasting station, you are listening to or watching the programmes being broadcast by that station.

A small colour television was tuned to an afternoon soap opera.

VERB : usu passive , be V-ed to n


see also fine-tune , signature tune , tuning fork


If you say that a person or organization is calling the tune , you mean that they are in a position of power or control in a particular situation.

Who would then be calling the tune in Parliament?

PHRASE : V inflects


If you say that someone has changed their tune , you are criticizing them because they have changed their opinion or way of doing things.

You’ve changed your tune since this morning, haven’t you?...

PHRASE : V inflects [ disapproval ]


If you say that someone is dancing to someone else’s tune , you mean that they are allowing themselves to be controlled by the other person.

The danger of commercialism is that the churches end up dancing to the tune of their big business sponsors.

PHRASE : V inflects [ disapproval ]


A person or musical instrument that is in tune produces exactly the right notes. A person or musical instrument that is out of tune does not produce exactly the right notes.

It was just an ordinary voice, but he sang in tune...

Many of the notes are out of tune...

PHRASE : PHR after v , v-link PHR


If you are in tune with a group of people, you are in agreement or sympathy with them. If you are out of tune with them, you are not in agreement or sympathy with them.

Today, his change of direction seems more in tune with the times...

The peace campaigners were probably out of tune with most Britons.

PHRASE : v-link PHR , PHR n


To the tune of a particular amount of money means to the extent of that amount.

They’ve been sponsoring the World Cup to the tune of a million and a half pounds.



he who pays the piper calls the tune: see piper

Collins COBUILD Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Английский словарь Коллинз COBUILD для изучающих язык на продвинутом уровне.