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Definition of tune noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

  

tune

 noun
noun
NAmE//tun//
 
 
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  •  a series of musical notes that are sung or played in a particular order to form a piece of music He was humming a familiar tune. I don't know the title but I recognize the tune. It was a catchy tune (= song). The team's song is sung to the tune of (= using the tune of) “When the Saints Go Marching In.” Topic CollocationsMusiclistening listen to/enjoy/love/ (informal) be into music/classical music/jazz/pop/hip-hop, etc. listen to the radio/an MP3 player/a CD put on/play a CD/a song/some music turn down/up the music/radio/volume/bass go to a concert/festival/gig/performance/recital copy/burn/rip music/a CD/a DVD download music/an album/a song/a demo/a videoplaying play a musical instrument/the piano/percussion/a note/a riff/the melody/a concerto/a duet/by ear sing an anthem/a ballad/a solo/an aria/the blues/in a choir/soprano/alto/tenor/bass/out of tune hum a tune/a theme song/a lullaby accompany a singer/choir strum a chord/guitarperforming form/start/join/quit/leave a band (informal) get/put a band together give a performance/concert/recital do a concert/recital/gig play a concert/gig/festival/venue perform a concert/(live) in concert appear at a festival/live go on/embark on a (world) tourrecording write/compose music/a ballad/a melody/a tune/a song/a theme song/an opera/a symphony land/get/sign a record deal be signed to/be dropped by a record company record/release/put out an album/a single/a CD be on top of/top the charts get to/go straight to/go straight in at/enter the charts at number one
  • Idioms
    be in/out of tune (with somebody/something)
     
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    to be/not be in agreement with someone or something; to have/not have the same opinions, feelings, interests, etc. as someone or something These proposals are perfectly in tune with our own thoughts on the subject. The President is out of tune with public opinion.
    call the shots/tune (informal)
     
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    to be the person who controls a situation
    carry a tune
     
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    to be able to sing all the right notes in a piece of music They asked him to join the chorus, but he insisted that he couldn't carry a tune.
    change your tune (informal)
     
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    to express a different opinion or behave in a different way when your situation changes Wait until it happens to him—then he'll change his tune.
    dance to somebody's tune
     
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    to do whatever someone tells you to
    he who pays the piper calls the tune (saying)
     
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    the person who provides the money for something can also control how it is spent
    in/out of tune
     
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    to be/not be singing or playing the correct musical notes to sound pleasant None of them could sing in tune. The piano is out of tune.
    sing a different tune
     
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    to change your opinion about someone or something or your attitude toward someone or something
    to the tune of something (informal)
     
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    used to emphasize how much money something has cost The hotel has been refurbished to the tune of a million dollars.
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: tune