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

     

    tone

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//təʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//toʊn//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tone
    BrE BrE//təʊn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//toʊn//
     
    he / she / it tones
    BrE BrE//təʊnz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//toʊnz//
     
    past simple toned
    BrE BrE//təʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//toʊnd//
     
    past participle toned
    BrE BrE//təʊnd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//toʊnd//
     
    -ing form toning
    BrE BrE//ˈtəʊnɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈtoʊnɪŋ//
     
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    muscles/skin
  1. 1[transitive] tone something (up) to make your muscles, skin, etc. firmer and stronger Massage will help to tone up loose skin under the chin. a beautifully toned body See related entries: Exercise
  2. colour
  3. 2[intransitive] tone (in) (with something) (British English) to match the colour of something The beige of his jacket toned (in) with the cream shirt.
  4. Word Origin Middle English: from Old French ton, from Latin tonus, from Greek tonos ‘tension, tone’, from teinein ‘to stretch’. Phrasal Verbstone somethingdown
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