Definition of tone something down in English:

tone something down

  • 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; qualify
    informal keep the lid on
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