at·​tune | \ə-ˈtün, -ˈtyün\
attuned; attuning; attunes

Definition of attune 

transitive verb

1 : to bring into harmony : tune

2 : to make aware or responsive attune businesses to changing trends

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Other Words from attune

attunement \ -​mənt \ noun

Examples of attune in a Sentence

after years spent in academia, he's finding it difficult to attune himself to the corporate culture

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That combination forces readers to attune themselves to the narrator’s dark, howling somnia. Walton Muyumba,, "Detachment and dreaming in 'My Year of Rest and Relaxation' by Ottessa Moshfegh," 12 July 2018 With a willingness to make noise however terrifying and attune one’s ear to the beauty of it. Sadia Hassan, Longreads, "Silence is a Lonely Country: A Prayer in Twelve Parts," 13 July 2018 In its new location, the Berkeley Art Museum cafe, Babette’s Feast, hosts monthly dinners attuned to screenings at the Pacific Film Archive. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "Asian Art Museum takes a risk with young star chef’s destination cafe," 6 June 2018 Some officials attuned to the concerns of the auto industry have warned against a proposal that over-reaches and could lead to years of litigation and uncertainty. Evan Halper,, "Trump and California are set to collide head-on over fuel standards," 27 Apr. 2018 Lately, her attention span also attunes her to the political climate. Kat Stoeffel, The Cut, "Barbara Kruger Forever," 2 Feb. 2018 But the legacy of Hitler and the Holocaust has also made Germany particularly attuned to the dangers of hate speech. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why an Ambitious New Online Anti-Hate Speech Law Is Backfiring in Germany," 15 Jan. 2018 Ever attuned to potential scams from phonies and loons alike, our man had seen through it all. Luke O'neil, Esquire, "I Followed Bill O'Reilly's Tips of the Day to Fix My Life," 5 Jan. 2018 With a packed house, pacing can become a little erratic, but waiters are largely on the ball — funny, engaging and attuned to diners’ needs. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Chef Jason Wilson expands to the Eastside with The Lakehouse," 14 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of attune

1592, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for attune

see tune entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of attune

: to cause (a person, company, etc.) to have a better understanding of what is needed or wanted by a particular person or group

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