- 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
Related Words for attuneaccommodate, accustom, adapt, conform, accord, regulate, reconcile, proportion, acclimatize, harmonize, familiarize, compensate, counterbalance, integrate, coordinate, balance, tune
Examples from the Web for attune
Contemporary Examples of attune
I was beginning to attune to my surroundings, which was a thrilling experience.Walking With Wildebeests: Exploring the Serengeti on Foot
July 9, 2013
Kayani also has to attune his actions to the politics within his own high command.Pakistan-U.S. Relations Frayed But Not Collapsing
April 14, 2011
Historical Examples of attune
But there is nothing to which humanity cannot attune itself.The Vicar of Bullhampton
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.Sketches In The House (1893)
T. P. O'Connor
Nature brooks no delay, and the disharmonic organism must attune itself or perish.The Rising Tide of Color Against White World-Supremacy
Theodore Lothrop Stoddard
Leaning back against the rock wall, Blachland began to attune himself to the situation.The Triumph of Hilary Blachland
- to adjust or accustom (a person or thing); acclimatize
- to tune (a musical instrument)
Word Origin and History for attune
1590s, from tune (v.), "probably suggested by ATONE" [OED]. Related: Attuned; attuning.