Definition of attune in English:

attune

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 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.’
    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.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from at- + tune.

Pronunciation:

attune

/əˈtjuːn/