attuned

adjective at·tuned \ ə-ˈtünd , -ˈtyünd \
|Updated on: 25 Jul 2018

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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1760

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