Definition of dial something down in US English:

dial something down

phrasal verb

  • 1Adjust the control on an electrical device so as to reduce the level of sound, light, heat, etc. produced.

    ‘after 15 minutes of frustration, someone on the stand took the hint and dialed down the music’
    • ‘I heard myself shouting a few times and had to forcibly dial down the volume.’
    • ‘You can extend the battery life by dialling down the screen brightness.’
    • ‘The sound mix is quite strong in terms of dialogue and sound effects, but I felt like the music was dialed down a little too low in many scenes.’
    • ‘Firefighters and other city workers went door to door, asking building managers to dial down the power.’
    • ‘When we tried to dial down the brightness level, we made an odd discovery.’
    • ‘I hadn't dialed down the exposure enough, so unfortunately I have 100 shots of a overexposed, featureless sun in front of a great desert framing.’
    • ‘These babies pair with any Bluetooth-enabled stereo device to let you skip, play, pause, crank up, or dial down your music.’
    • ‘A separate selector switch gives the option of having both lasers dialed down to "training" mode.’
    • ‘You'll see I've dialed down the magnification to its lowest setting.’
    • ‘At times Ennio Morricone's pulsating score is dialed down a little too low in favor of capturing all of the sound design, but it's not a terrible trade.’
    1. 1.1informal Lessen the amount, intensity, or degree of a quality, factor, etc.
      ‘he's dialed down the rage that seems to permeate his other novels’
      ‘having read this review I think I will dial down my expectations a little’
      • ‘There may be room to dial down the risk in your total portfolio through both long-term and dynamic asset allocation decisions.’
      • ‘We should probably try to keep the outrage dialed down just a bit.’
      • ‘There isn't going to be a compromise until folks start trying to engage with each other and dial down some of the rhetoric.’
      • ‘The alcoholic content was duly dialled down, to near zero.’
      • ‘As you turn 40 and then 50 and eventually retire, the funds will gradually and automatically dial down the risk in your portfolio by buying more bonds.’
      • ‘The chip makers have been quick to adapt, by dialing down the spud content in their recipes and cranking up the soy.’
      • ‘We don't all have to start quoting scripture, we just have to dial down the mockery a notch.’
      • ‘It isn't the only big food company to react to the recession by dialing down new product development, which is expensive and risky.’
      • ‘He seems to have dialed down his extreme tone a bit.’
      • ‘She needs to increase muscularity in certain parts of her body, train for gymnastic skills, increase her flexibility and dial down the workout hours.’
      • ‘It's true that MTV has dialed down and almost eliminated its war coverage in recent weeks, returning to its party-all-the-time spring break programming.’
      • ‘He dials down the mystique and charisma, though his boyish good looks will still likely make the girls swoon.’