the act or faculty of attending, especially by directing the mind to an object.
a concentration of the mind on a single object or thought, especially 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. an erect position with eyes to the front, arms to the sides, and heels together (often used as a command).
Facebook’s answer to its critics is: pay no attention to the carping.
Facebook’s Dilemma: Invade Privacy or Go Bust David Frum May 23, 2012
But when we go away, the world has a way of demanding our attention.
Does Obama Remember He’s President? Stuart Stevens September 7, 2014
Through the attention he brings to bear on the problem of language, he seems close to the ‘structuralists.’
Derrida’s ‘Of Grammatology’ and the Birth of Deconstruction Benoît Peeters December 20, 2012
With dreams of immigration reform in 2014 slipping away, attention has turned to next year.
These Undocumented Teens Outsmarted MIT—and Still Cant Get Real Jobs in America Jonathan Alter July 13, 2014
The attention of Americans has been consumed the past weeks by extreme weather and extreme politics.
Mario Draghi May Become the Man Who Saved Europe—and the World Zachary Karabell September 6, 2012
But there was one on the mantel which attracted my attention especially.
Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922 Lucy Maud Montgomery
The three gave Andy a look and a grunt, but otherwise they paid no attention to him.
Way of the Lawless Max Brand
Two or three objects were at this moment observed which fixed their attention.
The Giraffe Hunters Mayne Reid
One’s attention was not called to it otherwise than as a wholly inevitable state.
The Conquest of Fear Basil King
He had chosen a moment when her attention was distracted to slip out unobserved.
The Giant’s Robe F. Anstey
concentrated direction of the mind, esp to a problem or task
consideration, notice, or observation: a new matter has come to our attention
detailed care or special treatment: to pay attention to one’s appearance
(usually pl) 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
(psychol) the act of concentrating on any one of a set of objects or thoughts See also selective attention
the order to be alert or to adopt a position of formal military alertness
late 14c., “giving heed,” from Latin attentionem (nominative attentio) “attention, attentiveness,” noun of action from past participle stem of attendere “mental heeding” (see attend). Used with a remarkable diversity of verbs (e.g. pay, gather, attract, draw, call). As a military cautionary word preparative to giving a command, it is attested from 1792.
see: pay attention
- Attention deficit disorder
a condition, usually in children, marked by inattentiveness, dreaminess, and passivity. Abbreviation: ADD. (no longer in technical use) . Contemporary Examples “ADD [attention deficit disorder] is just a euphemistic way of saying, ‘I have limits,’” Brown writes. Can Self-Help Books Really Make a New You? Lizzie Crocker December 28, 2014 Another student, Monica Wilson, says […]
conspicuously drawing attention to something or someone: an attention-getting device; attention-getting behavior. Contemporary Examples “The best-selling car in America, in the least attention-getting color,” Cruz said. Danger Stalks Lucas Davenport Daily Beast Promotions May 10, 2009 Historical Examples Therefore be sure that your attention-getting device has at least one of three points of superiority. Certain […]
- Attention line
a line of text after the address on a piece of correspondence, directing it to a particular person or department. Historical Examples Obviously the chain of reasoning must start from the attention line. Practical English Composition: Book II. Edwin L. Miller
- Attention span
the interval during which an individual can concentrate, as on a single object, idea, or activity. Contemporary Examples The mission of the press is to spread culture while destroying the attention span. The Kaffeehaus Canon George Prochnik December 30, 2010 The more interactive the medium, the more it will stunt the attention span. Pulling the […]