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verb [transitive] tune pronunciation in American English /tun/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletuning
past tensetuned
past participletuned
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  1. 2
    [usually passive] to set a radio or television to a particular station or program
    The television in the corner was tuned to KWEX.
    1. a.
      to watch or to listen to a particular program or station
      stay tuned (to something) (=keep watching or listening): Stay tuned for the latest weather report.
  2. 3
    to develop or to train someone or something
    Try to tune your ear to distinguish between the sounds.
    finely tuned: It takes a finely tuned athlete to perform in a triathlon.


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