Definition of in or out of tune in English:

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in (or out of) tune

1With correct (or incorrect) pitch or intonation: they couldn’t sing a note in tune
More example sentences
  • Its musicians are in tune with Morricone's music.
  • Worshippers are encouraged to be careful about diction, stay in tune, sing exact note values, and avoid forcing the sound.
  • Central is a grand piano which was apparently always out of tune in Tchaikovsky's day.
1.1(Of a motor engine or other machine) properly (or poorly) adjusted.
Example sentences
  • Exploiting the carburetor's consistency achieves little if the engine is out of tune.
  • Did you know that by keeping your car's engine in tune you would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 5-15%?
  • Keeping your engine in tune is also a gas-saver.
1.2In (or not in) agreement or harmony: he was out of tune with conventional belief
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  • The urban radio stations talking about ‘peace in the streets ‘are out of tune with reality.’
  • Martin Dunne: ‘Central policy makers are totally out of tune with the views of the people around the country.’
  • It just seemed to us that the politicians - all of them, in all the different parties - are out of tune with how ordinary people feel about this.
in accord, in keeping, in accordance, in agreement, in harmony, harmonious, in step, in line, in sympathy
in disagreement, at odds, at variance, out of step, not in harmony, at outs, out of kilter
See parent entry: tune
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