to ignore someone by playing music really loudly, while they are talking, to cover up the sound of their voice.

best when used during nagging sessions by parents, significant others, or just to ignore some annoying schmo.
Oh no, mom's nagging at me again..time to tune out.. *blares ipod*
*mom continues her rant unheard*
by $Lonnie F Baby$ August 22, 2010
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You stopped talking to someone
On facebook someone may msg you asking "why yu tune out,?" well now you'll now to reply with "bish text me."
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The act of completely ignoring someone in order to watch a nickelodeon program.
Man 1: I was wondering if you could take out the trash.

Boy 2: Shhh!!! Spongebob is on, you are now nick-tuned out.
by peteski10 July 22, 2010
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a TOW is something like "cool" or "hmm" while somebody is telling you something, like them having a disease and they need your help to sell drugs.
"So then I said to her i hate her and then we divorced and my life fell apart.."

"mm-hmm"

"You using saying Tuned Out Words?"

"cool"

BANG BANG

CRASH
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when an individual resorts to putting in his/her headphones and connecting to their musical device manufactured by Apple (i.e iPod, iPod nano, iPod mini) when a conversation is boring.
Person 1: "He would rather listen to the Ying Yang twins then listen to me."
Person 2: "That's because you're boring, so he's I-Tuning you out"
by Sydney-Natalie December 20, 2005
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A term coined by Timothy Leary to describe the psychedelic experience. Leary explains it in his book Flashbacks as such

“Turn on’ meant go within to activate your neural and genetic equipment. Become sensitive to the many and various levels of consciousness and the specific triggers that engage them. Drugs were one way to accomplish this end. ‘Tune in’ meant interact harmoniously with the world around you – externalize, materialize, express your new internal perspectives. Drop out suggested an elective, selective, graceful process of detachment from involuntary or unconscious commitments. ‘Drop Out’ meant self-reliance, a discovery of one’s singularity, a commitment to mobility, choice, and change. Unhappily my explanations of this sequence of personal development were often misinterpreted to mean ‘Get stoned and abandon all constructive activity.”
"Like every great religion of the past we seek to find the divinity within and to express this revelation in a life of glorification and the worship of God. These ancient goals we define in the metaphor of the present — turn on, tune in, drop out." - Timothy Leary
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Phrase: When you, someone else, or even a group of people listen to a conversation (most often it's an argument or fight) between others to get all the juicy details, but don't want those who are having the conversation to know that you're listening to them, tell your fellow listeners to do this. Its primary use is to prevent getting yourself or others involved in the confrontation, and allows you to listen for the details.
Guy 1: Hey, the boss and the new guy are having an argument! Sounds like he won't be here much longer!

Guy 2: Tune in but Tune out, man! Get the details but don't get involved!
by TheFiend138 December 26, 2019
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