WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
at•ten•tion /n. əˈtɛnʃən; interj. əˌtɛnˈʃʌn/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
(used as a command to come to a position of attention).
pay attention (to), give full thought, consideration, or notice to: [no object]Pay attention while I show you what to do.[pay + ~ + to + object]Pay attention to your driving!
- [uncountable] the act of using the mind to concentrate on something:listening with rapt attention to the speech.
- [uncountable] thoughtful consideration with a view to action: I promise to give that matter my personal attention.
- [uncountable] kindness, courtesy, or high regard: lavished attention on the guests.
- attentions, [plural] acts of courtesy or devotion that show affection:little attentions he bestowed on his wife.
- Military[uncountable] a position of standing with body erect, eyes forward, arms to the sides, and heels together.
(n. ə ten′shən;interj. ə ten′shun′), n.
- the act or faculty of attending, esp. by directing the mind to an object.
- a concentration of the mind on a single object or thought, esp. one preferentially selected from a complex, with a view to limiting or clarifying receptivity by narrowing the range of stimuli.
- a state of consciousness characterized by such concentration.
- a capacity to maintain selective or sustained concentration.
- observant care;
consideration:Individual attention is given to each child.
- civility or courtesy:attention to a guest.
- notice or awareness:His deliberate cough caught the waiter's attention.
- attentions, acts of courtesy or devotion indicating affection, as in courtship.
- Military[Mil.]an erect position with eyes to the front, arms to the sides, and heels together (often used as a command).
1 . awareness, consciousness, watchfulness, alertness, mindfulness, heed.4 . deference, politeness, regard;
- Latin attentiōn- (stem of attentiō). See attent, -ion
- Middle English attencioun 1325–75
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attention /əˈtɛnʃən/ n
- concentrated direction of the mind, esp to a problem or task
- consideration, notice, or observation
- detailed care or special treatment: to pay attention to one's appearance
- (usually plural) an act of consideration, courtesy, or gallantry indicating affection or love: attentions given to a lover
- the motionless position of formal military alertness, esp in drill when an upright position is assumed with legs and heels together, arms to the sides, head and eyes facing to the front
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin attentiō, from attendere to apply the mind to; see attend
- the order to be alert or to adopt a position of formal military alertness
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