how to pronounce tone


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the above transcription of tone is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

tone is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of tone in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… manner and when the tone was set for …”

meanings of tone


  1. The shade or quality of a colour.
  2. A specific pitch.
  3. The definition and firmness of a muscle or organ; see also: tonus.
  4. A gun.
  5. General character, mood, or trend.
  6. (in the diatonic scale) An interval of a major second.
  7. The character of a sound, especially the timbre of an instrument or voice.
  8. The state of a living body or of any of its organs or parts in which the functions are healthy and performed with due vigor.
  9. Normal tension or responsiveness to stimuli.
  10. The manner in which speech or writing is expressed.
  11. State of mind; temper; mood.
  12. The favourable effect of a picture produced by the combination of light and shade, or of colours.
  13. A whining style of speaking; a kind of mournful or artificial strain of voice; an affected speaking with a measured rhythm and a regular rise and fall of the voice.
  14. (in a Gregorian chant) A recitational melody.
  15. The pitch of a word that distinguishes a difference in meaning, for example in Chinese.


  1. To give a particular tone to.
  2. To make (something) firmer.
  3. To change the colour of.
  4. To utter with an affected tone.
  5. To harmonize, especially in colour.


  1. A male given name, a short form of Anthony/Antony.
  2. A river in Somerset, England, which flows into the River Parrett.


  1. The one (of two).

tone frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word tone occurs in english on average 33.5 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics tone can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that tone can be often used in the following areas:

1) people, society, and culture;

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