French translation of 'tune'
1. (= melody) air m
to change one’s tune (informal) changer de couplet
2. (= correct pitch)
to be in tune [instrument] être accordé(e); [singer] chanter juste
to be out of tune [instrument] être désaccordé(e); [singer] chanter faux
to go out of tune [instrument] se désaccorder
to play in tune jouer juste
to sing in tune chanter juste
to sing out of tune chanter faux
to be in tune with sth (figurative) être en accord avec qch
to be out of tune with sth (figurative) être en désaccord avec qch
3. (= amount)
to be in debt to the tune of £10,000 être endetté(e) à hauteur de 10.000 livres
She was robbed to the tune of £10,000. On lui a volé la jolie somme de 10 000 livres.
1. (Music) accorder
2. [radio, TV]
to tune a radio to a station mettre la radio sur une station ⧫ caler la radio sur une station
to be tuned to a station [radio] être mis(e) sur une station ⧫ être calé(e) sur une station
to tune a TV to a channel mettre une télévision sur une chaîne
To watch videos, tune the TV to Channel 0. Pour regarder des films, mettez la télévision sur la chaîne 0.
The TV was tuned to a soap opera. La télévision était mise sur un soap.
3. [engine, car] régler
Phrasal verbstune in, tune to, tune up
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Example Sentences Including 'tune'
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He cannot face the music when the tune is not to his liking.Truman (1986)
The industry is not only geared to speed on the racetrack but also is finely tuned to quick delivery times.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
Barbra will also perform new tunes and old classics.The Sun (2009)
But your body's a finely tuned machine.The Sun (2015)
Do you keep tuning your radio to cowboy music?Times, Sunday Times (2006)
Indeed that mention of tunes points to the two rather different edges of revolution to which the new hymn book looked.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Old radio signature tunes and royal music are on the agenda.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
Some people put body kits on their cars and spend immeasurable amounts of time tuning their engine.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
That he sang in tune and remembered the lyrics was perhaps its own triumph on a night of innocuous abandon.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
To make tunes that powerful he must have poured his life into each note, right?Times, Sunday Times (2014)
Which is the oldest protest song without a tune.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Write the theme tune, sing the theme tune, eh?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
You meet your new love as your favourite tune plays.The Sun (2011)
He tuned the first one too tightly.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
She truly cannot sing in tune and puts the rest of us o, to the point that some move away from her.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
We were totally in tune with one another.Times, Sunday Times (2017)
An average of one million viewers tuned in to the first series shown earlier this year.The Sun (2016)
Do you remember the theme tune?The Sun (2008)
How does that tune about singing in the valleys go again?The Sun (2012)
I. AM isn't feeling the says his show is the one want to tune in for.The Sun (2017)
The find was made while the upright instrument was being tuned.The Sun (2017)
They said sub-zero temperatures would have put their instruments out of tune.The Sun (2009)
We can tune the engine either way.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
When did you last hear a milkman whistling a current pop tune?Times, Sunday Times (2006)
With solid tunes and great song construction, this is not simply a nostalgia trip.The Sun (2014)
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'tune' in Other Languages
British English: tune /tjuːn/ NOUN
A tune is a series of musical notes that is pleasant to listen to.
...a merry little tune.
- American English: tune
- Arabic: لـَحْن
- Brazilian Portuguese: melodia
- Chinese: 音调
- Croatian: melodija
- Czech: melodie
- Danish: sang
- Dutch: wijsje
- European Spanish: tonada
- Finnish: sävelmä
- French: air chanson
- German: Melodie
- Greek: μελωδία
- Italian: melodia
- Japanese: 曲
- Korean: 곡조
- Norwegian: melodi
- Polish: melodia
- European Portuguese: melodia
- Romanian: melodie
- Russian: мелодия
- Spanish: tonada
- Swedish: melodi
- Thai: ทำนอง
- Turkish: melodi
- Ukrainian: мелодія
- Vietnamese: giai điệu
British English: tune VERB
When someone tunes a musical instrument, they adjust it so that it produces the right notes.
We do tune our guitars before we go on', he insisted.
Translation of tune from the Collins English to French Dictionary
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