Definition of attune in English:



  • 1 Make receptive or aware.

    ‘a society more attuned to consumerism than ideology’
    ‘the department is very attuned politically’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘US politicians are attuned to petroleum's importance to their career prospects.’
    • ‘Catholic health-care leaders themselves are attuned to the problems these developments pose.’
    • ‘Stenhammar's art seems far more attuned to the Swedish spirit.’
    • ‘Therefore, the most successful programs were those that were attuned to the future and flexible enough to respond quickly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Members were attuned to the political environment and sought what was politically possible.’
    • ‘‘Effective managers have to be attuned to what's going on in their departments, but they are not psychotherapists,’ states Kipper.’
    • ‘The 1930s thrillers seem more politically aware and attuned to their times.’
    • ‘A station that is attuned to your needs, concerns and kind of music.’
    • ‘Emotions are also more vulnerable to manipulation by marketers, since they are attuned to respond to novelty, and visual stimulus.’
    • ‘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 Bochum Symphony Orchestra are attuned to these overtly romantic pieces and both soloists are also top class interpreters.’
    • ‘By being attuned to individual students' personal goals, teachers can assist students who otherwise might give up.’
    • ‘Many editors understood that being more attuned to readers was an important responsibility.’
    • ‘At the same time, he was equipped with a political antenna that was finely attuned to social discontent and class conflict.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Health care practitioners who are not attuned to racial differences may not be aware of unique physical conditions as well.’
    1. 1.1Accustom or acclimatize.
      ‘students are not attuned to making decisions’
      • ‘They draw us into another world, their world, to which we must attune and acclimatize ourselves.’
      • ‘She is much more attuned than I am to the technology.’
      • ‘Said Jeff, ‘… I am pretty elderly myself and I do not feel a need for a firearm especially attuned to my aging condition.’’
      • ‘Intelligence tools, furthermore, must be attuned to geographic conditions.’
      • ‘This tells us that human beings are exquisitely attuned to interpreting and responding to social signals.’
      • ‘For the mind is so attuned to the reception of facial signals that almost any combination of two dots and a dash will suffice.’
      • ‘This means education systems and economic structures that are attuned to, and can adapt to, global technological innovations.’
      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’
      • ‘Although the three were not ideally attuned, they brought a gentle whiff of nostalgia to a season of high-keyed dance.’
      • ‘Professionally, the men are clearly closely attuned.’
    3. 1.3[no object]Become receptive to or aware of.
      ‘a conscious attempt to attune to the wider audience’
      • ‘What affects a surfer's riding is his ability to attune to these rhythms.’
      • ‘Go at your own pace, making small adjustments that attune to your mood, level and physical ability.’
      • ‘Even if you are not exercising, you can change your mood by attuning to your breath, noticing where you feel blocked, and deepening and opening the lungs.’
      • ‘But when I get in touch with another religion, and I attune to their dimension of the holy, I can bring that attunement back and enhance my connection’
      • ‘He can attune to the psyches of both the writer and reader, as in his comments on Angela Carter, Arthur Miller or on Beirut Blues.’
      • ‘Our cells are beginning to reorganize, restructure, and attune to the higher vibratory frequency.’
      • ‘Typically, it is the mother who learns to read and attune to the baby, so the child has less need to develop these skills in his/her relationship with her.’


Late 16th century: from at- + tune.