Attention meaning

ə-tĕnshən
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.

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A military posture, with the body erect, eyes to the front, arms at the sides, and heels together.
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Used as a command to assume an erect military posture.
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Notice or observation.

Her smile caught my attention.

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The act of dealing with something or someone; treatment.

This injury requires immediate medical attention.

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Care or consideration.

The matter will receive his immediate attention.

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(uncountable) Mental focus.

Please direct your attention to the following words.

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(countable) An action or remark expressing concern for or interest in someone or something, especially romantic interest.
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(military) Used as a command to bring soldiers to the attention position.
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(uncountable, military) A state of alertness in the standing position.

The company will now come to attention.

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Origin of attention

  • Middle English attencioun from Latin attentiō attentiōn- from attentus past participle of attendere to heed attend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English attencioun, from Latin attentio, from attendere, past participle attentus (“to attend, give heed to”); see attend.

    From Wiktionary