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.
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
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
to adjust or accustom (a person or thing); acclimatize
to tune (a musical instrument)
1590s, from tune (v.), “probably suggested by ATONE” [OED]. Related: Attuned; attuning.
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 Kayani also has to attune his actions to the politics within his own high command. Pakistan-U.S. Relations Frayed But Not Collapsing Ron Moreau April […]
noun being or bringing into harmony; a feeling of being “at one” with another being Historical Examples The condition of any permanent influx is that the attunement should be habitually and continuously lofty. Spirit and Music H. Ernest Hunt But the higher the development the more individual the attunement. Fantasia of the Unconscious D. H. […]
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Attorney General. Contemporary Examples The Atty. Gen. has been ordered to pay the Guardians legal costs, which the paper said amounted to some £96,000. Prince Charles’s ‘Meddling’ Lobbying Letters MUST be Released, Appeal Court Rules Tom Sykes March 11, 2014 Attorney General
noun (NZ) a spirit or demon Historical Examples When he came to Samoa the land had been divided, but he got his share, as the tail of atua. Samoa, A Hundred Years Ago And Long Before George Turner And atua set about to do vengeance, and atua’s wrath is sure and very dreadful. The Holy […]