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Definition of tweak verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    tweak

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    verb
    BrE BrE//twiːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//twiːk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tweak
    BrE BrE//twiːk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//twiːk//
     
    he / she / it tweaks
    BrE BrE//twiːks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//twiːks//
     
    past simple tweaked
    BrE BrE//twiːkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//twiːkt//
     
    past participle tweaked
    BrE BrE//twiːkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//twiːkt//
     
    -ing form tweaking
    BrE BrE//ˈtwiːkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwiːkɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1tweak something to pull or twist something suddenly She tweaked his ear playfully.
  2. 2tweak something to make slight changes to a machine, system, etc. to improve it I think you'll have to tweak these figures a little before you show them to the boss.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: probably an alteration of dialect twick ‘pull sharply’; related to twitch.Extra examples I think you’ll have to tweak these figures a little before you show them to the boss. Kath tweaked at the hem of her skirt. Tom tweaked the reins lightly.
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