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Synonyms for tone
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. tone, tone of voice(noun)

    the quality of a person's voice

    "he began in a conversational tone"; "he spoke in a nervous tone of voice"

    Synonyms:
    note, shade, smell, tone of voice, flavour, whole tone, quality, timbre, feel, feeling, flavor, timber, look, tint, tincture, tonus, spirit, whole step, tonicity, step, pure tone, musical note

  2. tone(noun)

    (linguistics) a pitch or change in pitch of the voice that serves to distinguish words in tonal languages

    "the Beijing dialect uses four tones"

    Synonyms:
    note, shade, smell, tone of voice, flavour, whole tone, quality, timbre, feel, feeling, flavor, timber, look, tint, tincture, tonus, spirit, whole step, tonicity, step, pure tone, musical note

  3. timbre, timber, quality, tone(noun)

    (music) the distinctive property of a complex sound (a voice or noise or musical sound)

    "the timbre of her soprano was rich and lovely"; "the muffled tones of the broken bell summoned them to meet"

    Synonyms:
    note, shade, smell, tone of voice, caliber, tonicity, lineament, quality, feel, feeling, flavor, timber, look, tint, lumber, tonus, flavour, spirit, whole step, tincture, timberland, pure tone, step, forest, whole tone, character, woodland, timbre, calibre, musical note

  4. spirit, tone, feel, feeling, flavor, flavour, look, smell(noun)

    the general atmosphere of a place or situation and the effect that it has on people

    "the feel of the city excited him"; "a clergyman improved the tone of the meeting"; "it had the smell of treason"

    Synonyms:
    looking at, pure tone, touch, tactile property, life, timber, look, olfactory perception, timbre, sprightliness, step, tone of voice, smell, olfactory property, aspect, disembodied spirit, savor, feel, quality, tactile sensation, whole tone, impression, touch sensation, scent, aroma, savour, opinion, belief, olfactory sensation, sense of smell, facial expression, odour, shade, spirit, emotional state, tonicity, sapidity, whole step, olfaction, flavour, heart, smack, tang, olfactory modality, odor, tonus, tincture, intent, feeling, tactual sensation, expression, notion, intuitive feeling, purport, relish, looking, flavor, face, musical note, liveliness, smelling, tint, note

  5. shade, tint, tincture, tone(noun)

    a quality of a given color that differs slightly from another color

    "after several trials he mixed the shade of pink that she wanted"

    Synonyms:
    pure tone, spook, whole step, timber, look, wraith, timbre, step, smell, feel, quality, shadow, shadiness, nuance, tonicity, ghost, subtlety, shadowiness, vestige, spirit, tincture, tad, tone of voice, flavour, note, whole tone, tonus, feeling, spectre, trace, flavor, nicety, refinement, specter, musical note, tint, shade

  6. note, musical note, tone(noun)

    a notation representing the pitch and duration of a musical sound

    "the singer held the note too long"

    Synonyms:
    bank bill, pure tone, billet, notation, bank note, note of hand, timber, look, distinction, timbre, step, tone of voice, smell, preeminence, greenback, quality, eminence, banknote, tonicity, annotation, whole step, promissory note, spirit, bill, banker's bill, feel, short letter, flavour, note, whole tone, tonus, line, tincture, feeling, flavor, musical note, government note, tint, shade

  7. tone, pure tone(noun)

    a steady sound without overtones

    "they tested his hearing with pure tones of different frequencies"

    Synonyms:
    note, shade, smell, tone of voice, flavour, whole tone, quality, timbre, feel, feeling, flavor, timber, look, tint, tincture, tonus, spirit, whole step, tonicity, step, pure tone, musical note

  8. tonicity, tonus, tone(noun)

    the elastic tension of living muscles, arteries, etc. that facilitate response to stimuli

    "the doctor tested my tonicity"

    Synonyms:
    note, shade, smell, tone of voice, flavour, whole tone, quality, feel, feeling, flavor, timber, look, tint, tincture, tonus, spirit, whole step, tonicity, step, pure tone, timbre, musical note

  9. tone, whole tone, step, whole step(noun)

    a musical interval of two semitones

    Synonyms:
    pure tone, quality, footprint, measure, look, timbre, footfall, step, tone of voice, smell, stride, dance step, feel, timber, whole tone, note, footstep, pace, spirit, tonicity, gradation, whole step, footmark, flavour, stone's throw, stair, tonus, tincture, feeling, flavor, musical note, tint, shade

  10. tone(verb)

    the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author

    "the general tone of articles appearing in the newspapers is that the government should withdraw"; "from the tone of her behavior I gathered that I had outstayed my welcome"

    Synonyms:
    note, shade, smell, tone of voice, flavour, whole tone, quality, timbre, feel, feeling, flavor, timber, look, tint, tincture, tonus, spirit, whole step, tonicity, step, pure tone, musical note

  11. tone, chant, intone(verb)

    utter monotonously and repetitively and rhythmically

    "The students chanted the same slogan over and over again"

    Synonyms:
    intone, tone up, strengthen, inflect, intonate, modulate, cantillate, chant

  12. tone, inflect, modulate(verb)

    vary the pitch of one's speech

    Synonyms:
    intone, tone up, strengthen, inflect, modulate, regulate, chant

  13. tone(verb)

    change the color or tone of

    "tone a negative"

    Synonyms:
    inflect, intone, tone up, strengthen, modulate, chant

  14. tone(verb)

    change to a color image

    "tone a photographic image"

    Synonyms:
    inflect, intone, tone up, strengthen, modulate, chant

  15. tone, tone up, strengthen(verb)

    give a healthy elasticity to

    "Let's tone our muscles"

    Synonyms:
    intone, tone up, strengthen, inflect, fortify, modulate, beef up, chant

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tone

    Sound is the sensation produced through the organs of hearing or the physical cause of this sensation. Sound is the most comprehensive word of this group, applying to anything that is audible. Tone is sound considered as having some musical quality or as expressive of some feeling; noise is sound considered without reference to musical quality or as distinctly unmusical or discordant. Thus, in the most general sense noise and sound scarcely differ, and we say almost indifferently, "I heard a sound," or "I heard a noise." We speak of a fine, musical, or pleasing sound, but never thus of a noise. In music, tone may denote either a musical sound or the interval between two such sounds, but in the most careful usage the latter is now distinguished as the "interval," leaving tone to stand only for the sound. Note in music strictly denotes the character representing a sound, but in loose popular usage it denotes the sound also, and becomes practically equivalent to tone. Aside from its musical use, tone is chiefly applied to that quality of the human voice by which feeling is expressed; as, he spoke in a cheery tone; the word is similarly applied to the voices of birds and other animals, and sometimes to inanimate objects. As used of a musical instrument, tone denotes the general quality of its sounds collectively considered.

    Synonyms:
    noise, note, sound

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. tone

    Synonyms:
    pitch, loudness, mood, intonation, sound, temper, tenor, character, drift, effect

    Antonyms:
    atony, laxity, tunelessness

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. tone(n.)

    Synonyms:
    sound, note

  2. tone(n.)

    Synonyms:
    accent, intonation, emphasis, cadence, modulation

  3. tone(n.)

    Synonyms:
    temper, mood, state of mind

  4. tone(n.)

    Synonyms:
    vigor, strength, energy, force, tension, elasticity

  5. tone(n.)

    Synonyms:
    prevailing color (of a picture), general effect, style, manner, cast

  6. tone(n.)

    Synonyms:
    tenor, drift, prevailing character, spirit

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. tone(n)

    Synonyms:
    sound, note, cadence, modulation, force, vigor, energy

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "tone":

    ringtone, tono, tom, your, tonne, tones, tonal, tonos, tenor, hue, tuna, keynote, tony, beep, undertone, pitch

How to pronounce tone?

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Veena
Veena
Indian

How to say tone in sign language?

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How to use tone in a sentence?

  1. Phyllis McGinley:

    The Enemy, who wears her mother's usual face and confidential tone, has access; doubtless stares into her writing case and listens on the phone.

  2. Richard Himelfarb:

    [Clinton] will come to the debate armed with a deep knowledge of the issues, but ultimately has to show she can be likeable. She has to come off as dismissive [of Trump’s barbs] but not in a patronizing way, the debate is going to be decided on body language, tone and temperament. It will all be about tone and demeanor and much less about substance.

  3. Prakash Sakpal:

    Euphoria that the trade negotiations are back on the table has probably waned and again the cautious tone is getting hold of the markets, we need to see a great deal of negotiation progress on the China-U.S. trade war. And we should also see more regional policy stimulus actually kicking in to prevent any further deterioration in economic activity across the region.

  4. Torsten Slok:

    The real headache is that it is easy to be the Fed when inflation is below target ... a very important aspect as we go into this May meeting, is the tone of the debate changes completely as we get to 2 percent and beyond.

  5. Luis Heredia:

    The majority of them are more angry, and the tone is more demanding.

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