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English verb: fine-tune

1. fine-tune (change) improve or perfect by pruning or polishing

SamplesRefine one's style of writing.

Synonymsdown, polish, refine

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)ameliorate, amend, better, improve, meliorate

Narrower (hyponym)civilise, civilize, cultivate, educate, over-refine, overrefine, school, train

2. fine-tune (change) adjust finely

SamplesFine-tune the engine.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)tune, tune up

3. fine-tune (change) make fine adjustments or divide into marked intervals for optimal measuring

SamplesCalibrate an instrument.
Graduate a cylinder.

Synonymscalibrate, graduate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)adjust, correct, set

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