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tone something down

Definition of tone something down in English:

1Make something less harsh in sound or colour: a green-tinged moisturizer helps to tone down a ruddy complexion
More example sentences
  • I would suggest toning the colours down a bit, so it's not quite so harsh on the eyes
  • We have gone away from the bright colour scheme and toned it down slightly.
  • Would it really have detracted if the big keyboard synth sounds had been toned down to a minimum?
Synonyms
subdue, make less garish, soften, lighten, dim, mute
1.1Make something less extreme or intense: she saw the need to tone down her protests
More example sentences
  • Critics last night claimed the report had been toned down because of concerns that its most ‘extreme’ findings would ruffle too many feathers within the establishment.
  • Next time, boys, it may be possible to tone it down just a notch without losing any of the entertainment value.
  • Brendan heard himself being melodramatic and toned it down a couple of notches.
Synonyms
moderate, modify, modulate, mitigate, temper, dampen, soften, lighten;
subdue, restrain, stifle, bridle, bottle up, contain;
informal keep the lid on
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