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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 13, 2011

I was beginning to attune to my surroundings, which was a thrilling experience.
Walking With Wildebeests: Exploring the Serengeti on Foot Joanna Eede July 8, 2013

Historical Examples

Up there a man might attune himself to the message of the stars—might weigh duty against duty in the balance of the infinite.
Swirling Waters Max Rittenberg

I wanted that the angels that had ministered to my spirit should attune theirs also.
Ole Bull Sara C. Bull

I did, however, try faintly to attune him in some sort to the spirit of our host and of the day of the year.
A Christmas Garland Max Beerbohm

Leaning back against the rock wall, Blachland began to attune himself to the situation.
The Triumph of Hilary Blachland Bertram Mitford

But there is nothing to which humanity cannot attune itself.
The Vicar of Bullhampton Anthony Trollope

But may neither gold in my house be be my lot, nor to attune the strain more sweet than Orpheus, if my fortune be not conspicuous.
The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I. Euripides

These advanced beings endeavor to attune their every act and thought with the perfection of spiritual law.
Autobiography of a YOGI Paramhansa Yogananda

The war was over; she had lost her cause; and with her life all out of attune with her surroundings she must face the inevitable.
Joscelyn Cheshire Sara Beaumont Kennedy

verb (transitive)
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.


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