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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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  • Grey it was, and attuned, that day, to the rest of the grey landscape.

    The Suitors of Yvonne Raphael Sabatini
  • They were attuned to the eternal peace of Eastern sky and sea.

    Lord Jim Joseph Conrad
  • Everything was still and hushed, as if attuned to their parting.

    The Plunderer Roy Norton
  • On the contrary, it was attuned to the best, the richest, the highest in God's world.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • To me above all others, whose ears, attuned to the “tally ho!”

    The Quadroon Mayne Reid
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.

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