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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from attune

attunement \ ə-​ˈtün-​mənt How to pronounce attune (audio) , -​ˈtyün-​ \ noun

Examples of attune in a Sentence

after years spent in academia, he's finding it difficult to attune himself to the corporate culture
Recent Examples on the Web Relax and attune yourself to the rest of the world. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, 8 May 2021 Mindfulness harnesses the social circuitry of the brain and enables you to attune to awareness in the present moment. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 6 Apr. 2021 My midlife quest to attune more deeply to the rhythms of the natural world was starting to incur unexpected, but real, costs. Lisa Richardson, Longreads, 8 Apr. 2020 There are psychological issues stemming from medieval practices about covering one’s face, which restrict people from attuning to facial nuances. Vivienne Chow, Quartz, 4 May 2020 The executive said that experience has helped attune Qatar Airways to dealing with a crisis and predicted that industry dynamics will shift regionally as a result of the pandemic. Benedikt Kammel,, 10 May 2020 That requires slowing down and attuning our senses, Presley said. oregonlive, 4 Apr. 2020 Its goal is not to steal us away from life but to attune us to its pleasures. Simon Parkin, The New Yorker, 21 Mar. 2020 But adults attuned even remotely to religion will discover Christian symbolism on nearly every page. Ruth Franklin, The New York Review of Books, 25 Feb. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'attune.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of attune

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for attune

see tune entry 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About attune

Statistics for attune

Last Updated

17 May 2021

Cite this Entry

“Attune.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for attune



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


Test Your Vocabulary

Return of Name that Color!

  • a light greenish blue color
  • Name that color:
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!


Anagram puzzles meet word search.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!