from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • transitive verb To bring into a harmonious or responsive relationship.
  • transitive verb Music To tune (an instrument).

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Harmony of sounds; accord. Mrs. Browning.
  • 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.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • verb adjust or accustom to; bring into harmony with


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  • 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 1917

  • 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, 1999

  • 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 2010

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

    Wild Feminine Tami Lynn Kent 2011

  • 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 Ralph A. Miriello 2011

  • 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 2010

  • 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 Tami Lynn Kent 2011

  • 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 Tami Lynn Kent 2011

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

    Wild Feminine Tami Lynn Kent 2011

  • 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 Tami Lynn Kent 2011


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