When you tweak something, you pinch it or twist it. You may have a doting aunt who thinks you’re still two years old and can’t resist tweaking your nose every time she sees you.

Tweak also means to adjust or fine-tune. When you finish writing a paper, it’s a good idea to go back through one last time, to tweak it and make sure it’s absolutely perfect. So when you tweak something or give something a tweak, you’re making little adjustments, you’re not rewriting your paper or tossing it out and starting all over again.

Definitions of tweak
  1. verb

    adjust finely

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    type of:

    tune, tune up

    adjust for (better) functioning

  2. verb

    pinch or squeeze sharply

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    type of:

    nip, pinch, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitch

    squeeze tightly between the fingers

  3. verb

    pull or pull out sharply

    pick off, pluck, pull off

    draw away, draw off, pull off

    remove by drawing or pulling
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    pluck with tweezers
    type of:

    draw, force, pull

    cause to move by pulling

  4. noun

    a squeeze with the fingers

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    type of:

    squeeze, squeezing

    the act of gripping and pressing firmly

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