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American English: /toʊn/
British English: /təʊn/

Translation of tone in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 uncountable and countable (quality of sound, voice) from the tone of her voice I could tell that …
    por el tono de voz me di cuenta de que …
    don't speak to your mother in that tone of voice!
    ¡no le hables a tu madre en ese tono!
    Example sentences
    • Yes, his name is uttered amongst the musical cognoscenti in hushed tones.
    • By the time the entrées arrived, I found myself taking tiny bites and talking in hushed tones about the quality of the parsnips in my soup.
    • She started to laugh, the musical tones reverberating through the halls before quieting.
    Example sentences
    • I can see their expression and hear their tone of voice now, clear as anything.
    • She was excited, but couldn't manage a happy tone of voice to express it.
    • I could see some of the excitement drain out of her expression and her tone of voice changed.
    also: tones plural
    1.3 countable (Linguistics)
    tono (masculine) ascendente/descendente
    Example sentences
    • Ethnic Liberian languages usually contain two or three distinct tones, based on pitch, which indicate semantic or grammatical differences.
    • Chinese pronunciation involves four tones, each indicated by a tone mark.
    • Every syllable has an associated tone or pitch - high, low, medium, falling, rising, or whatever.
    Example sentences
    • In English, these tones suggest finality, the fall frequently occurring at the end of a statement, the rise at the end of a yes-no question.
    1.4 countable (Telecommunications)
    Example sentences
    • His mobile telephone rang with a tone indicating he was in Spain but was switched off without a word being said.
    • The harsh tone of the telephone disrupts my slumber.
    • I make sure the volume on my beep tone is always turned up as high as it will go.
  • 2 countable (shade)
    Example sentences
    • The paintings seem at first to be sombre in tone, coloured mostly by umbers and sepia-like hues.
    • His visible brushstrokes in the foreground and creamy subdued tones interspersed with bright oranges and red hues are very seductive.
    • Other than delicate pink flesh tones, heavenly shades of blue predominate, accented with green and white.
  • 3 3.1 uncountable (mood, style) the tone of the speech/article
    el tono del discurso/artículo
    to set the tone
    marcar la pauta
    the tone of the market (Finance)
    la tónica or tendencia del mercado
    Example sentences
    • The general tone of the piece is cynical, morbid and unpleasantly other-worldly.
    • The general tone of the piece was quite positive.
    • She'd written most of the lyrics, and it was surprising that he'd caught on about the general tone of the piece.
    3.2 uncountable (standard, level) to raise/lower the tone of something
    levantar/bajar el nivel de algo
  • 4 uncountable (of muscle) exercise helps keep your body in tone
    el ejercicio te ayuda a mantener el tono muscular
    Example sentences
    • The Apgar score was based on heart rate, respiratory effort, muscle tone, reflex irritability, and skin color.
    • I agree with him that upper airway muscle tone is decreased during sleep and is an important component of obstructive sleep apnea.
    • Physical exercise also is encouraged to assist in weight reduction and increase muscle tone.
  • 5 countable (Music) 5.1 (interval)
    Example sentences
    • He uses this music to introduce octaves, accented rhythms, a whole tone scale and a continuous cross-hand pattern.
    • At the climax of the third chant, she so subdivides her forces that eventually, all twelve tones of the chromatic scale are encompassed.
    • The Hellenistic mind of the Byzantines allowed musicians to draw systems of tones from the music of ancient Greece.
    5.2 (note) (US)

intransitive verb

  • to tone (in) (with something)
    combinar or armonizar (con algo)

transitive verb

  • 1 (revitalize)
    Example sentences
    • Kata training is great for defense, raising your level of fitness, toning your body muscles and releasing those dangerously high levels of stress.
    • It strengthens and tones your muscles, raises your body's metabolism and knocks up to six inches off your waist, hips and stomach measurement in a single session
    • It is also great for toning your upper body, arms and leg muscles.
  • 2 (Photography)
    Example sentences
    • With the toner used at full strength, the print should be fully toned in about six to eight minutes.
    • Unlike selenium, which selectively tones the low values first, gold toners tend to affect the entire image at once.
    • Sepia toning originally was developed to extend the archival life of early black-and-white silver-based prints.

Phrasal verbs

tone down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object

tone up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
dar tono a
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