tune

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noun
ADJECTIVE
little

He hummed a little tune as he washed the dishes.

good, great, nice
happy, jaunty, lively, merry, upbeat, uplifting
haunting, melancholy, sad
classic, familiar, favourite/favorite, old, popular, traditional, well-known

a collection of classic tunes

catchy (informal), memorable
dance, show
folk, jazz, pop, etc.

an old jazz tune

hymn
signature (BrE), theme (esp. BrE)
VERB + TUNE
hum, play (sb), sing, whistle

He softly hummed the tune to himself.

She played us a tune on the piano.

spin (informal)

DJs spinning the coolest tunes

hum along with, sing along with
compose, write
pick out

The kids were picking out a tune on the old piano.

carry, hold

He wasn't allowed in the choir because he couldn't hold a tune.

PHRASES
to the tune of sth

The crowd were singing ‘Give us jobs!’ to the tune of ‘Happy Birthday’.

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verb
1 adjust an engine, a machine, etc.
ADVERB
perfectly, precisely
carefully, properly
PREPOSITION
to
PHRASES
finely tuned, highly tuned

a finely tuned engine

2 adjust a TV, radio, etc.
ADVERB
permanently

His radio was permanently tuned to Radio KVB.

automatically

Most phones will automatically tune to the strongest network signal.

regularly

Ten million people regularly tune in to see his show.

in

Don't forget to tune in to our special news coverage this evening.

PREPOSITION
for, into

200 000 people tune into the station each week.

to

I tuned to the BBC for the late news.

PHRASES
badly tuned

He heard everything through a screen of interference, like on a badly tuned radio.

stay tuned

Stay tuned for the news.

Tune is used with these nouns as the object: ↑engine, ↑guitar, ↑harp, ↑instrument, ↑piano, ↑radio, ↑string, ↑violin

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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