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 \ ə-​ˈtün-​mənt How to pronounce attunement (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 There are psychological issues stemming from medieval practices about covering one’s face, which restrict people from attuning to facial nuances. Vivienne Chow, Quartz, "From protests to coronavirus, a mask revolution has been taking place in Hong Kong," 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,, "Qatar Airways Clings to Passenger Schedule While Rivals Idle Fleets," 10 May 2020 That requires slowing down and attuning our senses, Presley said. oregonlive, "How do Oregonians cope when we can’t escape to our favorite natural spaces?," 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, "Finding Connection During Quarantine with Animal Crossing: New Horizons," 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, "L’Engle’s Cosmic Catechism," 25 Feb. 2020 What does a poet do who wants a style attuned not to one place but to displacement, to multiple nations, to frequent travel, to blurry, confusing arrays of privilege and harm? Stephanie Burt, Harper's magazine, "Where We Live Now," 28 Oct. 2019 These installations are exceptionally good at attuning us to the little sounds of everyday life: wind whistling, cars vrooming, doors shutting. Lori Waxman,, "‘Chicago Sound’ pairs University of Chicago campus with artistic sound for a feast for the ears," 25 Oct. 2019 This will be the perfect weekend to attune your home and garden with the delights of autumn. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Back to Our Roots show returns to Medina County Fairgrounds: Yenke Peddler antiques," 26 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of attune was in 1592

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28 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Attune.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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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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