attention meaning

[ ə'tenʃən ] Pronunciation:   "attention" in a sentence
  • Noun: attention  u'tenshun
    1. The process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
      - attending 
    2. The work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
      "the old car needs constant attention"
      - care, aid, tending 
    3. A general interest that leads people to want to know more
      "She was the centre of attention" 
    4. A courteous act indicating affection
      "she tried to win his heart with her many attentions" 
    5. The faculty or power of mental concentration
      "keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention" 
    6. A motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review
      "the troops stood at attention"

    Derived forms: attentions

    See also: attend, attentional, attentive, inattentive

    Type of: attracter, attraction, attractive feature, attractor, basic cognitive process, courtesy, faculty, magnet, mental faculty, module, stance, work

    Antonym: inattention

    Encyclopedia: Attention

  • [Business]
    noun [U] (only used in written English) (also attention of, for the attention of, fao)


    written on a business letter to show who it is intended for:

    I would be grateful if you could invoice the amount due for the attention of Emma Walton at the above address.


  • [Medicine]
    Focusing on certain aspects of current experience to the exclusion of others. It is the act of heeding or taking notice or concentrating. n
    1 : the act or state of attending : the application of the mind to any object of sense or thought
    a : an organismic condition of selective awareness or perceptual receptivity; specif : the complex of neuromuscular adjustments that permit maximum excitability or responsiveness to a given class of stimuli
    b : the process of focusing consciousness to produce greater vividness and clarity of certain of its contents relative to others — at·ten·tion·al adj


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  1. kurita's attention narrowed to saving himself.
  2. this would claim a good deal of your attention.
  3. pay no attention to the arguments between us.
  4. he escaped attention by being silent.
  5. a newspaper headline caught his attention.

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