- Attention is defined as the act of concentrating and keeping one's mind focused on something.
A student seriously focusing on her teacher's lecture is an example of someone in a state of attention.
- the act of keeping one's mind closely on something or the ability to do this; mental concentration
- mental readiness for such concentration
- notice or observation: her smile caught my attention
- care or consideration: the matter will receive his immediate attention
- thoughtful consideration for others
- an act of consideration, courtesy, or devotion: usually used in pl.: a suitor's attentions to a woman
- the erect, motionless posture of soldiers in readiness for another command
- a command to assume this posture
Origin: Classical Latin attentio ; from past participle of attendere: see attend
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- Concentration of the mental powers upon an object; a close or careful observing or listening.
- The ability or power to concentrate mentally.
- Observant consideration; notice: Your suggestion has come to our attention.
- Consideration or courtesy: attention to others' feelings.
- attentions Acts of courtesy, consideration, or gallantry, especially by a suitor.
- A military posture, with the body erect, eyes to the front, arms at the sides, and heels together.
Origin: Middle English attencioun, from Latin attentiō, attentiōn-, from attentus, past participle of attendere, to heed; see attend.
- at·tenˈtion·al adjective