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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
First recorded in 1590-1600; at- + tune
Related forms
preattune, verb (used with object), preattuned, preattuning.
unattuned, adjective Unabridged
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  • But there is nothing to which humanity cannot attune itself.

    The Vicar of Bullhampton

    Anthony Trollope
  • I wanted that the angels that had ministered to my spirit should attune theirs also.

    Ole Bull Sara C. Bull
  • It is wonderful, indeed, to see how humanity can attune itself to a situation.

  • Nature brooks no delay, and the disharmonic organism must attune itself or perish.

  • Leaning back against the rock wall, Blachland began to attune himself to the situation.

  • It is because we can hear ourselves speak that we attune our voices to pleasant sounds.

    Janice Day Helen Beecher Long
  • 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.

  • 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


verb (transitive)
to adjust or accustom (a person or thing); acclimatize
to tune (a musical instrument)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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