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[uh-toon, uh-tyoon] /əˈtun, əˈtyun/
verb (used with object), attuned, attuning.
to bring into accord, harmony, or sympathetic relationship; adjust:
He has attuned himself to living in the quiet country.
Archaic. to tune or bring into harmony, as a musical instrument.
1590-1600; at- + tune
Related forms
preattune, verb (used with object), preattuned, preattuning.
unattuned, adjective Unabridged
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  • However what was missing was the fact that bees are highly attuned to the earths electromagnetic signature and use it to navigate.
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  • On the contrary, he was exquisitely attuned to the feelings and emotions of others.
  • Someone more grammatically attuned can probably better punctuate those sentence.
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  • Poets and philosophers have long been attuned to the fact that the quest for immortality drives much of humanity's peculiar ways.
  • Their agenda can be better attuned to the particular needs and interests of participants.
British Dictionary definitions for attuned


verb (transitive)
to adjust or accustom (a person or thing); acclimatize
to tune (a musical instrument)
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Word Origin and History for attuned



1590s, from tune (v.), "probably suggested by ATONE" [OED]. Related: Attuned; attuning.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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