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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Capitalizing on the fuzziness of their coded speech, the new right has spun this plausible deniability off on hosts who either aren't attuned to the underlying message or simply don't care. Mari Uyehara, GQ, "How Free Speech Warriors Mainstreamed White Supremacists," 8 May 2018 To make sure the developments were attuned to what people want and need and didn’t repeat urban renewal’s mistakes, KCA worked closely with communities where the homes would be built. Diana Budds, Curbed, "3 ways architects can improve social equity," 8 Nov. 2018 Palmists believe that itchy hands are a sign of upcoming changes, so stay attuned to this physiological clue, as well. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner's Guide to Reading Palms," 4 June 2018 But for brands seeking coveted millennial shoppers that often means Instagram, a platform of choice for younger consumers and influencers—a.k.a, those who are arguably more attuned to what's cool. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "Instagram Made Me Buy It," 20 Sep. 2018 This has changed in the last 30 years, with tests and observational studies that are more attuned to natural animal behavior. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Horses may understand human emotion, especially anger," 6 Sep. 2018 Trying to keep them in the dollhouse is the biggest misunderstanding of all, and whoever is killing these young girls might be especially attuned to that rebellion. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Pointed Observations About Sharp Objects Episode 2," 16 July 2018 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

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First Known Use of attuned

1760, in the meaning defined above

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to gather or build up little by little

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