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[uh-toon, uh-tyoon]
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verb (used with object), at·tuned, at·tun·ing.
  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.
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Origin of attune

First recorded in 1590–1600; at- + tune
Related formspre·at·tune, verb (used with object), pre·at·tuned, pre·at·tun·ing.un·at·tuned, adjective
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Related Words for attune

accommodate, accustom, adapt, conform, accord, regulate, reconcile, proportion, acclimatize, harmonize, familiarize, compensate, counterbalance, integrate, coordinate, balance, tune

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British Dictionary definitions for attune


verb (tr)
  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


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

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