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).
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
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characterized by or giving ; observant: an attentive audience. thoughtful of others; considerate; polite; courteous: an attentive host. Contemporary Examples I also find it kind of hard to believe that the conference and convention industry listens that attentively to the president. What Happens in Vegas Michael Tomasky September 23, 2012 Historical Examples Her tone struck […]
characterized by or giving ; observant: an attentive audience. thoughtful of others; considerate; polite; courteous: an attentive host. Contemporary Examples So I think that that kind of concentration, and focus, and attentiveness, is hard to come by. Philip Roth Unbound: Interview Transcript The Daily Beast Video October 29, 2009 attentiveness and Dignity While we enjoy […]
; intent. adj. late 15c., “attentive,” from Latin attentus, past participle of attendere (see attend). As a noun, “intention, aim” (early 13c.), from Old French atente “act of attending,” from fem. of Latin attentus.