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 These leaders want their workers trained not just to improve their own mental health, but to also become more attuned and equipped to look out for the mental and emotional wellbeing of their colleagues. Marc Zao-sanders, Quartz at Work, "Can the dreaded compliance meeting save our workforce from a mental-health crisis?," 1 Nov. 2019 Brain imaging studies show lonely people are less rewarded by social interactions and are more attuned to distress of others than less lonely counterparts. Michelle H. Lim, Quartz, "1 in 3 young adults is lonely—and it hurts their mental health," 12 Oct. 2019 Californians tend to be more attuned to Washington than Sacramento, especially on issues that don’t involve the governor, and many rely more on national media than local news coverage, which stints on political coverage — especially on TV. Los Angeles Times, "Why Kamala Harris is flailing with California voters," 4 Oct. 2019 Like Erik, Novalis—in the novel, referred to by his real name, Fritz von Hardenberg—is extremely attuned to his own feelings, but unaware of much else. Lily Meyer, The Atlantic, "Rewriting the ‘Boy Genius’," 1 Sep. 2019 Washington has always been a city attuned to politics, but with the most recent change in administration, some bars and restaurants have drawn in customers by addressing the political turmoil. Shira Stein, Washington Post, "With ‘Moscow Muellers’ and other promos, D.C. businesses bank on Trump themes," 24 June 2018 Keepers are especially attuned to the animals’ needs, but are always mindful that the creatures are dangerous and are much stronger than humans. Beth Py-lieberman, Smithsonian, "14 Fun Facts About Giant Pandas," 10 Aug. 2019 On the other side of the Atlantic, their right-wing counterparts in Europe are a bit more attuned to the scientific reality of the threat but still exhibit deep contempt for some activists seeking to drive greater awareness. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Bolsonaro, Trump and the nationalists ignoring climate disaster," 23 Aug. 2019 But the central bank’s push to portray its policy as a win for rank-and-file workers highlights an evolution: The Fed is trying to be more attuned to the needs and attitudes of everyday Americans. Jeanna Smialek, New York Times, "Pride Flags and Rate Cuts: Fed Loosens Up to Connect With Average Workers," 2 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of attuned

1760, in the meaning defined above

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“Attuned.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 6 December 2019.

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