To tone up
Tone Tone, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Toned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Toning}.] 1. To utter with an affected tone. [1913 Webster]

2. To give tone, or a particular tone, to; to tune. See {Tune}, v. t. [1913 Webster]

3. (Photog.) To bring, as a print, to a certain required shade of color, as by chemical treatment. [1913 Webster]

{To tone down}. (a) To cause to give lower tone or sound; to give a lower tone to. (b) (Paint.) To modify, as color, by making it less brilliant or less crude; to modify, as a composition of color, by making it more harmonius. [1913 Webster]

Its thousand hues toned down harmoniusly. --C. Kingsley. [1913 Webster] (c) Fig.: To moderate or relax; to diminish or weaken the striking characteristics of; to soften. [1913 Webster]

The best method for the purpose in hand was to employ some one of a character and position suited to get possession of their confidence, and then use it to tone down their religious strictures. --Palfrey. [1913 Webster]

{To tone up}, to cause to give a higher tone or sound; to give a higher tone to; to make more intense; to heighten; to strengthen. [1913 Webster]


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