at·​tune | \ ə-ˈtün How to pronounce attune (audio) , -ˈtyün\
attuned; attuning; attunes

Definition of attune

transitive verb

1 : to bring into harmony : tune
2 : to make aware or responsive attune businesses to changing trends

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Other Words from attune

attunement \ -​mənt How to pronounce attunement (audio) \ noun

Examples of attune in a Sentence

after years spent in academia, he's finding it difficult to attune himself to the corporate culture

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So living organisms can be regarded as entities that attune to their environment by using information to harvest energy and evade equilibrium. Quanta Magazine, "How Life (and Death) Spring From Disorder," 26 Jan. 2017 Finding our way on our own — using perception, empirical observation and problem-solving skills — forces us to attune ourselves to the world. M.r. O'connor |, Twin Cities, "M.R. O’Connor: Here’s what gets lost when we rely on GPS," 7 June 2019 Raghuram Rajan, the former governor of the Reserve Bank of India, said neither the Fed nor emerging-market policy makers could ever perfectly attune their economies to one another. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Fresh Stress Grips Weakest Emerging-Market Currencies," 30 Aug. 2018 That combination forces readers to attune themselves to the narrator’s dark, howling somnia. Walton Muyumba,, "Detachment and dreaming in 'My Year of Rest and Relaxation' by Ottessa Moshfegh," 12 July 2018 With a willingness to make noise however terrifying and attune one’s ear to the beauty of it. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 In its new location, the Berkeley Art Museum cafe, Babette’s Feast, hosts monthly dinners attuned to screenings at the Pacific Film Archive. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Asian Art Museum takes a risk with young star chef’s destination cafe," 6 June 2018 Some officials attuned to the concerns of the auto industry have warned against a proposal that over-reaches and could lead to years of litigation and uncertainty. Evan Halper,, "Trump and California are set to collide head-on over fuel standards," 27 Apr. 2018 Lately, her attention span also attunes her to the political climate. Kat Stoeffel, The Cut, "Barbara Kruger Forever," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of attune

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for attune

see tune entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of attune

: to cause (a person, company, etc.) to have a better understanding of what is needed or wanted by a particular person or group

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