at·​tuned | \ ə-ˈtünd How to pronounce attuned (audio) , -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

Examples of attuned in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Torres, who is thirty-three, is more attuned to the visual world than most comedians. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The Otherworldly Comedy of Julio Torres," 21 Dec. 2020 Most of that shift was among Republicans, who may have been more attuned than Democrats to changing advice from the White House. Josh Katz, New York Times, "A Detailed Map of Where Americans Are Staying Home for Thanksgiving," 24 Nov. 2020 Health care changing with the times Health and social organizations are more attuned to negative impacts of social isolation and are instituting screening tools and referral sources for care. Marcia G. Ory, The Conversation, "Granny’s on Instagram! In the COVID-19 era, older adults see time differently and are doing better than younger people," 18 Dec. 2020 Readers were more attuned to the markets’ mood, with a total return of 14.5% across their 3,390 picks. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Covid-19, Election Jitters Were No Match for Heard Readers," 17 Dec. 2020 Like Joseph Conrad, he was deeply attuned to the human capacity for casual barbarism, and to the bloody consequences of colonialism. Ted Scheinman, Smithsonian Magazine, "John le Carré, Dead at 89, Defined the Modern Spy Novel," 14 Dec. 2020 Investors are particularly attuned to how, and how much, of those efforts will be extended into 2021. NBC News, "In final meeting of Trump administration, Fed gets the last word on 2020," 16 Dec. 2020 Castro seems uniquely attuned to all the ways in which domestic and foreign issues are interconnected. Gilbert Garcia,, "Garcia: Joaquin Castro has a foreign policy message worth hearing," 9 Dec. 2020 The Pentagon has been performing regular assessments on the risks posed by climate change for decades, acutely attuned to the threat global warming and rising sea levels could pose to its military assets and operations. Kate Aronoff, The New Republic, "Welcome to the New Era of Cops Driving Teslas," 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of attuned

1760, in the meaning defined above

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“Attuned.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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