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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.
Origin of attune
1590-1600; at- + tune
Related forms
preattune, verb (used with object), preattuned, preattuning.
unattuned, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for attune
  • Art therapists learn to attune to the nonverbal cues of their clients and develop a lexicon for the kinesthetic properties of art.
  • Stay attune to the weather conditions as your seedlings emerge.
  • Workers will find it helps attune them to the tasks both foster and biological parents face.
  • attune yourselves to the court's level of comprehension.
  • Even on the playing surface, golfers are becoming environmentally attune.
British Dictionary definitions for attune


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 attune

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

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