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1‘bassoons add considerably to the tone of the tuba’
timbre, sound, sound quality, voice, voice quality, colour, tone colour, tonality, resonance, ring
2‘‘So there you are!’ he called in a friendly tone’
intonation, tone of voice, mode of expression, expression, inflection, pitch, modulation, accentuation
3‘the somewhat impatient tone of his letter’
mood, quality, feel, style, note, air, attitude, character, spirit, flavour, grain, temper, humour, effect
tenor, vein, drift, gist
4‘the dialling tone’
note, beep, bleep, meep, whine, buzz, warble, burr, signal
5‘old-fashioned tones of primrose, lavender, and rose’
tint, shade, colour, hue, tinge, cast, tincture
1‘the rich orange colour of the wood tones beautifully with the yellow roses’
harmonize, go, go well, blend, fit, coordinate, team, accord
match, suit, complement
1‘he has had to tone down his gaudy garments to get them into department stores’
subdue, make less garish, soften, lighten, dim, mute
2‘the newspapers refused to tone down their criticism of the government’
moderate, modify, modulate, mitigate, temper, dampen, soften, lighten
subdue, restrain, stifle, bridle, bottle up, contain
keep the lid on
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