Definition of attune in English:


Line breaks: at¦tune
Pronunciation: /əˈtjuːn


[with object]
  • 1Make receptive or aware: a society more attuned to consumerism than ideology (as adjective attuned) the Department is very attuned politically
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    • The Bochum Symphony Orchestra are attuned to these overtly romantic pieces and both soloists are also top class interpreters.
    • The 1930s thrillers seem more politically aware and attuned to their times.
    • What he has delivered is a powerful and solid opera, beautifully attuned to the expectations of its audience, challenging but never going too far, involving and magical.
  • 1.1Accustom or acclimatize: students are not attuned to making decisions
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    • Intelligence tools, furthermore, must be attuned to geographic conditions.
    • This means education systems and economic structures that are attuned to, and can adapt to, global technological innovations.
    • Said Jeff, ‘… I am pretty elderly myself and I do not feel a need for a firearm especially attuned to my aging condition.’
    accustom, adjust, adapt, acclimatize, assimilate, condition, accommodate, tailor; (be attuned to) be in tune with, be in harmony with, be in accord with; North American acclimate
  • 1.2Make harmonious: the interests of East and West are now closely attuned
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    • Professionally, the men are clearly closely attuned.
    • Although the three were not ideally attuned, they brought a gentle whiff of nostalgia to a season of high-keyed dance.



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  • Anyway the Bowen technique, if you believe it, allows the body to reset itself and heal itself via a series of gentle attunements.
  • Wicca, witchcraft, paganism, whatever you want to call it, is more like an attunement with the forces of nature, a response to them.
  • The physical daring, coupled with the sensuousness and intimacy, and the feeling of intuitive attunement between these two fascinating dancers, makes Push nearly, but not quite, a triumph.


late 16th century: from at- + tune.

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