- 1sounds that are arranged in a way that is pleasant or exciting to listen to. People sing music or play it on instruments pop/dance/classical/church music to listen to music She could hear music playing somewhere. It was a charming piece of music. the popularity of Mozart's music He wrote the music but I don't know who wrote the words. The poem has been set to music. Every week they get together to make music (= to play music or sing). see also chamber music, country music, rock music
- 2the art of writing or playing music to study music a career in music music lessons the music business/industry
- 3the written or printed signs that represent the sounds to be played or sung in a piece of music Can you read music (= understand the signs in order to play or sing a piece of music)? I had to play it without the music. The music was still open on the piano (= the paper or book with the musical notes on it). see also sheet music Idioms
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to accept and deal with criticism or punishment for something you have done The others all ran off, leaving me to face the music.
face the music (informal)jump to other results
news or information that you are very pleased to hear
music to your earsjump to other results