- 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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Examples from the Web for 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
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)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Word Origin and History for attune
1590s, from tune (v.), "probably suggested by ATONE" [OED]. Related: Attuned; attuning.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper