Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To bring into a harmonious or responsive relationship: an industry that is not attuned to market demands.
  • transitive v. Music To tune (an instrument).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to bring into musical accord
  • v. to tune an instrument
  • v. to bring into harmony or accord.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To tune or put in tune; to make melodious; to adjust, as one sound or musical instrument to another.
  • transitive v. To arrange fitly; to make accordant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To tune or put in tune; adjust to harmony of sound; make accordant: as, to attune the voice to a harp.
  • Figuratively, to arrange fitly; make accordant; bring into harmony: as, to attune our aims to the divine will.
  • To make musical.
  • n. Harmony of sounds; accord. Mrs. Browning.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. adjust or accustom to; bring into harmony with

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Examples

  • You have to digest the mass you bring in, and therefore I would see to it, if I were you, that only picked men, whose souls are in attune with the soul of Canada, be allowed to come in here and take part in the life of the nation.

    Canada's Place in World Politics

  • Above all, it insists on the epistemological significance of aesthetic experience, that is, on its ability to "attune" the mind and thus prepare the ground for what Kant had called "knowledge in general."

    The Voice of Critique: Aesthetic Cognition After Kant,

  • This means that women must attune to themselves first rather than simply following or pleasing the outer world.

    Wild Feminine

  • Physical medicine is my art, and working in the root of the female body is like making sculpture; it requires the practitioner to attune to the deeper currents that give shape to a physical structure.

    Wild Feminine

  • Note: When people are adopted, they can still attune themselves to the energy of these mother and father lines.

    Wild Feminine

  • Instead of guarding with walls, that inefficiently block all types of energy, you attune with a vibrancy that supports health and repels or clears toxicity.

    Wild Feminine

  • However, when you attune to your own cycle of fertility, you can access the energetic support corresponding to the rhythms of your female body.

    Wild Feminine

  • Indeed, since taking the advice to "attune their sensitivities better to the fine-grain of everyday life" and make books safe for reading "five or ten minutes at a clip, non-commitally" is the most idiotic and self-destructive thing publishers could do, they no doubt will do it, with great dispatch.

    Writing and Publishing

  • As a result, I probably learned how to be more flexible, and how to attune myself to the nuances which make a difference, than if I had been taught a “canned” method “one at atime.”

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Moot Court

  • Drummer Wilson is astutely attune to the needs of the music as he seamlessly changes from brushes to sticks, from clashing hi hat to shimmering cymbal.

    Ralph A. Miriello: Denny Zeitlin With Buster Williams and Matt Wilson at the Kitano

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