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Meaning of attention by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Middle English attencioun, from Latin attentio, from attendere, past participle attentus ( “to attend, give heed to” ); see attend .


    • IPA: /əˈtɛn.ʃən/, X-SAMPA: /@"tEn.S@n/


    attention ( usually uncountable; plural: attentions )

    1. ( uncountable ) Mental focus .
      Please direct your attention to the following words .
    2. ( countable ) An action or remark expressing concern for or interest in someone or something, especially romantic interest.
    3. ( uncountable, military ) A state of alertness in the standing position .
      The company will now come to attention .

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    1. ( military ) Used as a command to bring soldiers to the attention position .


    External links

    • attention in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • attention in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of attention by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something

    2. the old car needs constant attention
    3. a courteous act indicating affection

    4. she tried to win his heart with her many attentions
    5. a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together

    6. the troops stood at attention
    7. the faculty or power of mental concentration

    8. keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention
    9. the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the ( relative ) exclusion of others

    10. a general interest that leads people to want to know more

    11. She was the center of attention

    Definition of attention by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Attention n. [L. attentio: cf. F. attention.]
      1. The act or state of attending or heeding; the application of the mind to any object of sense, representation, or thought; notice; exclusive or special consideration; earnest consideration, thought, or regard; obedient or affectionate heed; the supposed power or faculty of attending.

      They say the tongues of dying men

      Enforce attention like deep harmony. Shak.

      ☞ Attention is consciousness and something more. It is consciousness voluntarily applied, under its law of limitations, to some determinate object; it is consciousness concentrated. Sir W. Hamilton.

      2. An act of civility or courtesy; care for the comfort and pleasure of others; as, “attentions paid to a stranger”.

      To pay attention to, To pay one's attentions to, to be courteous or attentive to; to wait upon as a lover; to court.

      Syn. -- Care; heed; study; consideration; application; advertence; respect; regard.