at·​tune | \ ə-ˈtün How to pronounce attune (audio) , -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 \ ə-​ˈtün-​mənt How to pronounce attunement (audio) , -​ˈtyün-​ \ noun

Examples of attune in a Sentence

after years spent in academia, he's finding it difficult to attune himself to the corporate culture
Recent Examples on the Web This will be the perfect weekend to attune your home and garden with the delights of autumn. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, "Back to Our Roots show returns to Medina County Fairgrounds: Yenke Peddler antiques," 26 Sep. 2019 But new research suggests the rodents aren’t attuned solely to avian alarms. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Squirrels Eavesdrop on Birds to Check If Danger Has Passed," 6 Sep. 2019 So living organisms can be regarded as entities that attune to their environment by using information to harvest energy and evade equilibrium. Quanta Magazine, "How Life (and Death) Spring From Disorder," 26 Jan. 2017 Finding our way on our own — using perception, empirical observation and problem-solving skills — forces us to attune ourselves to the world. M.r. O'connor |, Twin Cities, "M.R. O’Connor: Here’s what gets lost when we rely on GPS," 7 June 2019 Raghuram Rajan, the former governor of the Reserve Bank of India, said neither the Fed nor emerging-market policy makers could ever perfectly attune their economies to one another. Saumya Vaishampayan, WSJ, "Fresh Stress Grips Weakest Emerging-Market Currencies," 30 Aug. 2018 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

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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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13 Nov 2019

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The first known use of attune was in 1592

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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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to speed up the process or progress of

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