Meaning of TONE in English
n. 25B6; noun
the tone of the tuba : TIMBRE, sound, sound quality, voice, voice quality, colour, tone colour, tonality.
his friendly tone : INTONATION, tone of voice, modulation, accentuation.
the somewhat impatient tone of his letter : MOOD, air, feel, flavour, note, attitude, character, temper; tenor, vein, drift, gist.
a dialling tone : NOTE, signal, beep, bleep.
tones of primrose, lavender, and rose : SHADE, colour, hue, tint, tinge.
25B6; verb the caramel shirt toned well with her cream skirt : HARMONIZE, go, blend, coordinate, team; match, suit, complement.
25A0; tone something down
the colour needs to be toned down a bit : SOFTEN, lighten, mute, subdue.
the papers refused to tone down their criticism : MODERATE, modify, modulate, mitigate, temper, dampen, soften, subdue.
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