Translation of tone in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /təʊn/


  • 1 1.1 u and c (quality of sound, voice) tono (masculine) 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!
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
    (tones plural)
    (sound) sonido (masculine); (voice) voz (feminine)
    1.3 countable/numerable [Linguistics/Lingüística] tono (masculine) ascendente/descendente
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    • 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.
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    • 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/numerable [Telecom] señal (feminine) (sonora)
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    • 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/numerable (shade) tono (masculine), tonalidad (feminine)
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    • 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/no numerable (mood, style) tono (masculine) 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 3.2 uncountable/no numerable (standard, level) nivel (masculine) to raise/lower the tone of sth levantar/bajar el nivel de algo
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    • 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.
  • 4 uncountable/no numerable (of muscle) tono (masculine) (muscular) exercise helps keep your body in tone el ejercicio te ayuda a mantener el tono muscular
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    • 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/numerable [Music/Música] 5.1 (interval) tono (masculine) 5.2 (note) (American English/inglés norteamericano) nota (feminine)
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    • 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.

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo

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

transitive verb/verbo transitivo

Phrasal verbs

tone down

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[language] moderar; [criticism] moderar, atenuar*; [color] atenuar*

tone up

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object/verbo + complemento + adverbio, verbo + adverbio + complemento
[muscles/body] tonificar*, dar* tono a

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