- fine tune (v.) also fine-tune, 1969, a back formation from fine-tuning (1924), originally in reference to radio receivers.
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fine-tune — UK US verb [T] ► to make small changes to something in order to make it as good as possible: »The training program helped him fine tune his skill set. »The company s aim is to fine tune its manufacturing system. fine tuning noun [U] ► »There is… … Financial and business terms
fine-tune — fine tunes, fine tuning, fine tuned VERB If you fine tune something, you make very small and precise changes to it in order to make it as successful or effective as it possibly can be. [V n] We do not try to fine tune the economy on the basis of… … English dictionary
fine-tune — fine tuner, n. /fuyn toohn , tyoohn /, v.t., fine tuned, fine tuning. 1. to tune (a radio or television receiver) to produce the optimum reception for the desired station or channel by adjusting a control knob or bar. 2. tune (def. 16). 3. to… … Universalium
fine-tune — v. t. to adjust carefully and precisely so as to achieve optimum performance or efficiency; as, The mechanic fine tuned the engine. [WordNet 1.5] … The Collaborative International Dictionary of English
fine-tune — fine′ tune′ v. t. tuned, tun•ing 1) cvb to adjust (a receiver) for optimal reception 2) cvb tune 8) 3) cvb to make adjustments to produce stability or improvement • Etymology: 1920–25 fine′ tun′er, n … From formal English to slang
fine-tune — v [T] to make very small changes to something such as a machine, system, or plan, so that it works as well as possible ▪ Over the next few days, we fine tuned the scheme and made some useful improvements. >fine tuning n [U] … Dictionary of contemporary English
fine-tune — [fīn′to͞on′, fīn′tyo͞on′] vt. fine tuned, fine tuning 1. to adjust a control on (a TV or radio set) for better reception 2. to adjust (a device, system, policy, etc.) for greater effectiveness … English World dictionary
fine-tune — [v] make small adjustments adjust, calibrate, make improvements, set, tune up, tweak; concepts 202,212 … New thesaurus
fine-tune — verb transitive to make small changes to something in order to make it as good or effective as possible … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
fine-tune — ► VERB ▪ make small adjustments to in order to achieve the best performance … English terms dictionary