Attuned



to bring into accord, harmony, or sympathetic relationship; adjust:
He has attuned himself to living in the quiet country.
Archaic. to or bring into harmony, as a musical instrument.
Contemporary Examples

To make a living off of fiction, most writers must be as attuned to marketing as they are to writing.
The Book-Club Hustlers Francesca Mari July 5, 2009

Moderate Republicans have been among those most attuned to the perils of such hypocrisy.
Rule and Ruin: The GOP’s Secret Love Affair with Spending Noah Kristula-Green February 28, 2012

Her work is supremely intelligent, psychologically acute, seriously playful, attuned to cutting-edge technology.
The Book on Aging Rockers Jane Ciabattari June 28, 2010

One outward-focused and attuned to external valuations, the other more independent, rebellious, and countercultural.
The New Cool: Can Coolness Be Studied Like a Science? Jesse Singal June 17, 2012

That remarkable ear of his is attuned to the ultra-high frequencies of sinister voices.
America’s Cassandra: David Mamet Speaks on the Lies of Obama and War Lloyd Grove November 10, 2013

Historical Examples

The giants soul was not attuned to harmony, and the music soon lulled him into a sound sleep.
Folk-lore and legends: English Charles John Tibbits

They were attuned to the eternal peace of Eastern sky and sea.
Lord Jim Joseph Conrad

His usually good-natured countenance was attuned to an aspect of profounder thought.
The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865 Various

To me above all others, whose ears, attuned to the “tally ho!”
The Quadroon Mayne Reid

To this mood Mr. Gladstone attuned the closing words of his speech.
Sketches In The House (1893) T. P. O’Connor

verb (transitive)
to adjust or accustom (a person or thing); acclimatize
to tune (a musical instrument)
v.

1590s, from tune (v.), “probably suggested by ATONE” [OED]. Related: Attuned; attuning.

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