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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 attuned

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

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Historical Examples of attuned

  • 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 (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 attuned



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

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