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Date: 1300-1400
Origin: tone

tune

1 noun
     
Related topics: Music
tune1 S3 [countable]
1APM a series of musical notes that are played or sung and are nice to listen to [= melody]:
Sam was humming a little tune.
a hymn tune
The song is sung to the tune of Colonel Bogey.
2

in tune

APM playing or singing the correct musical note:
They sang perfectly in tune.
3

out of tune

APM playing or singing higher or lower than the correct musical note:
Greg's bass guitar was out of tune.
4

in tune with somebody/something, out of tune with somebody/something

able or unable to realize, understand, or agree with what someone else thinks or wants:
The industry is changing in tune with changing demand.
5

to the tune of $1000/£2 million etc

informal used to emphasize how large an amount or number is:
Canada is funding the programme to the tune of $30 million.

➔ call the tune

at call1 (9)

➔ change your tune

at change1 (14)

➔ dance to somebody's tune

at dance2 (4)
fine-tune signature tune

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