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phrasal verb [transitive]
Word Forms
present tense
I/you/we/theytone down
he/she/ittones down
present participletoning down
past tensetoned down
past participletoned down
  1. 1
    to make something less severe, shocking, or offensive

    Both sides agreed to tone down their speeches in order to avoid an argument.

  2. 2
    to make the color, flavor, etc. of something less strong
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used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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