tone down - definition and synonyms

phrasal verb [transitive]
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

    MPs have been ordered to tone down their criticisms of government policy in the run-up to the election.

  2. 2
    to make the colour, flavour etc of something less strong
See also main entry: tone