at·tuned | \ə-ˈtünd, -ˈtyünd\

Definition of attuned 

: aware of and attentive or responsive to something used with to … designed to produce a … police department that is more attuned to the needs of individual communities …— Clifford Krauss… what's especially crucial is the mother's or caregiver's "sensitivity"—how attuned she is to her child's experience of the world.— Pamela Druckerman… disenchanted with a government that seems more attuned to the interests of big business and rural folk than to those of urban dwellers.— Edwin O. Reischauer

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Snuffing out a tired, clunky product in favor of a new, shiny one remains one of the trickiest tasks in management, especially as consumers become more attuned to blockbuster release events (thank Steve Jobs for that). Kyle Stock,, "The Sedan is Dying, So It’s Time to Buy One," 25 June 2018 Even at eight years old, Tyler Hilinski was sweetly attuned to the emotions of others. Emily Davies,, "Parents of College Quarterback Who Died of Suicide on His CTE Diagnosis: 'We Let Him Play Football'," 27 June 2018 Yet Crespi’s antennae were definitely attuned to a different wavelength, picking up more elusive creative frequencies. Tiziana Cardini, Vogue, "Remembering Gabriella Crespi, a Milanese Original," 15 June 2018 As farmers become attuned to the problem, more of them are taking ownership of their role in both the problem and the solution. Richard Mertens, The Christian Science Monitor, "Wanted: Innovative farmers to help slow algal bloom on Lake Erie," 29 May 2018 For those less attuned to (or interested in) such progressive deep tracks, or the latest skirmishes inside the New York Democratic political scene, there has been plenty of more baroque early stage drama. Gregory Krieg, CNN, "New York's Nixon-Cuomo primary is shaping up to be a blockbuster," 21 Mar. 2018 Much of the day-to-day work of running a country is entrusted to civil servants and subject-matter experts who, while attuned to political realities, are nonetheless insulated from them to a certain extent. Jay Willis, GQ, "Kellyanne Conway's Efforts to End the Opioid Crisis Aren't Going Well," 6 Feb. 2018 To be human is to be attuned to the suffering of others. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 The $15 billion mattress industry is fully attuned to the growing American fascination with good sleep. Janine Wolf / Bloomberg, Time, "You Can Pay to Nap at This Mattress Company's New Store," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of attuned

1760, in the meaning defined above

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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