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1. To stop paying attention to or mentally distance oneself from the environment or surroundings. I already covered this material in my other class, so I just tune out and doodle in my notebook. I can tell the kids are tuning out when I start talking about verbs and pronouns.
2. To willfully ignore or stop paying attention to someone or something. In this usage, a noun or pronoun can be used between "tune" and "out." I have to try to tune out the kid's shouting when I work from home. Stop tuning me out! I'm just trying to tell you why I'm upset.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
tune someone or something out
to put someone or something out of one's consciousness; to cease paying attention to someone or something. I had to tune the radio out in order to concentrate. I tuned out what the speaker was saying and daydreamed for a while.
Fig. to cease paying attention to anything at all. I wasn't interested, so I just tuned out. I think that most of the audience tuned out during the last part of the lecture.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
1. Adjust a receiver so as not to receive a signal, as in Let's tune out all this interference. [Early 1900s]
2. Dissociate oneself from one's surroundings; also, disregard, ignore. For example, The average reader, used to seeing lots of color images, tunes out when confronted with big blocks of text , or Some mothers are expert at tuning out the children's whining and quarreling. [1920s] For an antonym, see tune in.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer. Copyright © 2003, 1997 by The Christine Ammer 1992 Trust. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. To disconnect from or stop receiving a particular broadcast station or program: I had to tune out halfway through the game last night, so I don't know how it ended.
2. Slang To disassociate oneself from one's environment: When faced with so much advertising, most people just tune out.
3. Slang To become unresponsive to someone or something; ignore someone or something: She tried to tune out the children's laughter so she could study. He tunes me out every time I ask him about the money that he owes me.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
in. to begin to ignore everything. The entire class had tuned out, so no one heard the teacher ask the question.
tune someone/something out
tv. to ignore or disregard someone or something. I managed to tune out the constant clamor in the streets.
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