Definition of dial something down in English:

dial something down

1Adjust the control on an electrical device so as to reduce the level of sound, light, heat, etc. produced: after 15 minutes of frustration, someone on the stand took the hint and dialled down the music
More example sentences
  • You can extend the battery life by dialling down the screen brightness.
  • I hadn't dialed down the exposure enough, so unfortunately I have 100 shots of a overexposed, featureless sun in front of a great desert framing.
  • A separate selector switch gives the option of having both lasers dialed down to "training" mode.
1.1 informal Lessen the amount, intensity, or degree of a quality, factor, etc. he’s dialled down the rage that seems to permeate his other novels having read this review I think I will dial down my expectations a little
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  • The alcoholic content was duly dialled down, to near zero.
  • The chip makers have been quick to adapt, by dialing down the spud content in their recipes and cranking up the soy.
  • As you turn 40 and then 50 and eventually retire, the funds will gradually and automatically dial down the risk in your portfolio by buying more bonds.
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