Definition of attune in English:



  • 1 Make receptive or aware.

    ‘a society more attuned to consumerism than ideology’
    ‘the Department is very attuned politically’
    • ‘Therefore, the most successful programs were those that were attuned to the future and flexible enough to respond quickly.’
    • ‘US politicians are attuned to petroleum's importance to their career prospects.’
    • ‘At the same time, he was equipped with a political antenna that was finely attuned to social discontent and class conflict.’
    • ‘Many editors understood that being more attuned to readers was an important responsibility.’
    • ‘What he has delivered is a powerful and solid opera, beautifully attuned to the expectations of its audience, challenging but never going too far, involving and magical.’
    • ‘A station that is attuned to your needs, concerns and kind of music.’
    • ‘Early learning environments in which teachers are attuned to temperamental differences among children may help to provide a comprehensive basis for the development of skills important for learning.’
    • ‘Members were attuned to the political environment and sought what was politically possible.’
    • ‘Stenhammar's art seems far more attuned to the Swedish spirit.’
    • ‘Much of Weaver's writing is devoted to the context in which food is grown and eaten, so he is particularly attuned to political contexts.’
    • ‘We who are attuned to the cycles of Nature and the rhythms of the Earth often feel overwhelmed by the escalating environmental crises.’
    • ‘The 1930s thrillers seem more politically aware and attuned to their times.’
    • ‘It was a natural growth for a vital composer who had her ears keenly attuned to new developments, and could selectively integrate what she wanted into her own personal idiom.’
    • ‘Catholic health-care leaders themselves are attuned to the problems these developments pose.’
    • ‘‘Effective managers have to be attuned to what's going on in their departments, but they are not psychotherapists,’ states Kipper.’
    • ‘Emotions are also more vulnerable to manipulation by marketers, since they are attuned to respond to novelty, and visual stimulus.’
    • ‘By being attuned to individual students' personal goals, teachers can assist students who otherwise might give up.’
    • ‘Health care practitioners who are not attuned to racial differences may not be aware of unique physical conditions as well.’
    • ‘The Bochum Symphony Orchestra are attuned to these overtly romantic pieces and both soloists are also top class interpreters.’
    1. 1.1Accustom or acclimatize.
      ‘students are not attuned to making decisions’
      • ‘Intelligence tools, furthermore, must be attuned to geographic conditions.’
      • ‘For the mind is so attuned to the reception of facial signals that almost any combination of two dots and a dash will suffice.’
      • ‘They draw us into another world, their world, to which we must attune and acclimatize ourselves.’
      • ‘This means education systems and economic structures that are attuned to, and can adapt to, global technological innovations.’
      • ‘Said Jeff, ‘… I am pretty elderly myself and I do not feel a need for a firearm especially attuned to my aging condition.’’
      • ‘She is much more attuned than I am to the technology.’
      • ‘This tells us that human beings are exquisitely attuned to interpreting and responding to social signals.’
      accustom, adjust, adapt, acclimatize, assimilate, condition, accommodate, tailor
      be in tune with, be in harmony with, be in accord with
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    2. 1.2Make harmonious.
      ‘the interests of East and West are now closely attuned’
      • ‘Professionally, the men are clearly closely attuned.’
      • ‘Although the three were not ideally attuned, they brought a gentle whiff of nostalgia to a season of high-keyed dance.’


Late 16th century: from at- + tune.