Definition of attune in English:


Syllabification: at·tune
Pronunciation: /əˈt(y)o͞on


[with object] (usually be attuned)
  • 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, condition, accommodate, assimilate; acclimate
  • 1.2 [no object] Become receptive to or aware of: a conscious attempt to attune to the wider audience
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    • But when I get in touch with another religion, and I attune to their dimension of the holy, I can bring that attunement back and enhance my connection
    • Typically, it is the mother who learns to read and attune to the baby, so the child has less need to develop these skills in his/her relationship with her.
    • Our cells are beginning to reorganize, restructure, and attune to the higher vibratory frequency.
  • 1.3Make 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.


late 16th century: from at- + tune.

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