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  ( tunes    plural & 3rd person present)   ( tuning    present participle)   ( tuned    past tense & past participle  )
1       n-count   A tune is a series of musical notes that is pleasant and easy to remember.   (=melody)  
She was humming a merry little tune.     
2       n-count   You can refer to a song or a short piece of music as a tune.  
She'll also be playing your favourite pop tunes.     
3       verb   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.      V n  
      Tune up means the same as tune., phrasal verb  
Others were quietly tuning up their instruments.      V P n (not pron)  
4       verb   When an engine or machine is tuned, it is adjusted so that it works well.  
usu passive  
Drivers are urged to make sure that car engines are properly tuned.      be V-ed  
      Tune up means the same as tune., phrasal verb  
The shop charges up to $500 to tune up a Porsche.      V P n (not pron)  
5       verb   If your radio or television is tunedto a particular broadcasting station, you are listening to or watching the programmes being broadcast by that station.  
usu passive  
A small colour television was tuned to an afternoon soap opera.      be V-ed to n  
    signature tune  
    tuning fork  
7    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.  
call the tune      phrase   V inflects  
Who would then be calling the tune in Parliament?     
8    If you say that someone has changed their tune, you are criticizing them because they have changed their opinion or way of doing things.  
change one's tune      phrase   V inflects     (disapproval)    You've changed your tune since this morning, haven't you?...     
9    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.  
dance to sb's tune      phrase   V inflects     (disapproval)    The danger of commercialism is that the churches end up dancing to the tune of their big business sponsors.     
10    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.  
in tune/out of tune      phrase   PHR after v, v-link PHR  
It was just an ordinary voice, but he sang in tune..., Many of the notes are out of tune...     
11    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.  
in tune with/out of tune with             phrase   v-link PHR, PHR n  
Today, his change of direction seems more in tune with the times..., The peace campaigners were probably out of tune with most Britons.     
12    To the tune of a particular amount of money means to the extent of that amount.  
to the tune of      prep-phrase   PREP 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  
    piper   tune in  
1       phrasal verb   If you tune in to a particular television or radio station or programme, you watch or listen to it.  
More than six million youngsters tune in to Blockbusters every day...      V P to n  
The idea that people plan their radio listening is nonsense; most tune in impulsively.      V P  
2       phrasal verb   If you tune into something such as your own or other people's feelings, you become aware of them.  
You can start now to tune in to your own physical, social and spiritual needs.      V P to n  
    tuned in   tune up      phrasal verb   When a group of musicians tune up, they adjust their instruments so that they produce the right notes.  
I could hear the sound of a band tuning up.      V P  
    tune 4  
Translation English Cobuild Collins Dictionary  



1    air, melody, melody line, motif, song, strain, theme  
2    agreement, concert, concord, consonance, euphony, harmony, pitch, sympathy, unison  
3    attitude, demeanour, disposition, frame of mind, mood  
4    call the tune      be in charge, be in command, be in control, call the shots     (slang)   command, dictate, govern, lead, rule, rule the roost  
5    change one's tune      change one's mind, do an about-face, have a change of heart, reconsider, take a different tack, think again  
6    adapt, adjust, attune, bring into harmony, harmonize, pitch, regulate  
,       n  
2    clashing, conflict, contention, disagreement, discord, discordance, disharmony, disunity, friction  

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(lit., about sounds) disharmonious, dissonant; (fig.) out of order; dysfunctional
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