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attune

[uh-toon, uh-tyoon] /əˈtun, əˈtyun/
verb (used with object), attuned, attuning.
1.
to bring into accord, harmony, or sympathetic relationship; adjust:
He has attuned himself to living in the quiet country.
2.
Archaic. to tune or bring into harmony, as a musical instrument.
Origin of attune
1590-1600
1590-1600; at- + tune
Related forms
preattune, verb (used with object), preattuned, preattuning.
unattuned, adjective
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  • Up there a man might attune himself to the message of the stars—might weigh duty against duty in the balance of the infinite.

    Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg
  • I wanted that the angels that had ministered to my spirit should attune theirs also.

    Ole Bull Sara C. Bull
  • I did, however, try faintly to attune him in some sort to the spirit of our host and of the day of the year.

    A Christmas Garland Max Beerbohm
  • Leaning back against the rock wall, Blachland began to attune himself to the situation.

  • But there is nothing to which humanity cannot attune itself.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope
  • But may neither gold in my house be be my lot, nor to attune the strain more sweet than Orpheus, if my fortune be not conspicuous.

  • These advanced beings endeavor to attune their every act and thought with the perfection of spiritual law.

    Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda
  • The war was over; she had lost her cause; and with her life all out of attune with her surroundings she must face the inevitable.

    Joscelyn Cheshire Sara Beaumont Kennedy
British Dictionary definitions for attune

attune

/əˈtjuːn/
verb (transitive)
1.
to adjust or accustom (a person or thing); acclimatize
2.
to tune (a musical instrument)
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Word Origin and History for attune
v.

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

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