Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

tone - definition and synonyms


What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary. Click on the thesaurus category heading under the button in an entry to see the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb tone pronunciation in British English /təʊn/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletoning
past tensetoned
past participletoned
  1. 1



    tone up

    [transitive] to make your body, muscles, or skin more firm and healthy
    She quickly and efficiently cleansed, toned, and moisturized her face.
    I’m taking an aerobics class to help tone my muscles.
  2. 2



    tone in

    [intransitive] British if something tones with something else they look good together because their colours are similar
    tone with: The flowers toned perfectly with the Mexican rug.
    Synonyms and related words


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

brain fade

a temporary inability to think clearly or remember information

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog