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Tune, vb. 1) to put (instruments) into a state adapted to produce music; absol.: “let's t., and to it lustily awhile,” Gent. IV, 2, 25. “his lecture will be done ere you have --d,” Shr. III, 1, 23. “come on, t.” Cymb. II, 3, 15. Trans.: “t. your instrument,” Shr. III, 1, 25. Metaphorically: “these means . . . shall t. our heart-strings to true languishment,” Lucr. 1141. “who had even --d his bounty to sing happiness to him,” All's IV, 3, 12. “some joy too fine, too subtle-potent, --d too sharp in sweetness,” Troil. III, 2, 25 (Ff and). “you are well --d now,” Oth. II, 1, 201. “hope . . . doth t. us otherwise,” Per. I, 1, 115. cf. Tuned, adj.
2) to give utterance by musical sounds, to sing, to play (and metaphorically, to give utterance, to express): “to a pretty ear she --s her tale,” Ven. 74. “feast-finding minstrels, --ing my defame,” Lucr. 817. “the little birds that t. their morning's joy,” Lucr. 817 “I'll t. thy woes with my lamenting tongue,” Lucr. 817 “to their instruments t. a deploring dump,” Gent. III, 2, 85. “and to the nightingale's complaining notes t. my distresses and record my woes,” V, 4, 6. “to t. a jig,” LLL IV, 3, 168. “knows no touch to t. the harmony,” R2 I, 3, 165. “the fingers of the powers above do t. the harmony of this peace,” Cymb. V, 5, 466.
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