Definition of atention
1. attention [ n ] the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of othersUsed in print:
(The Dallas Morning News,...)
A good feeling prevailed on the SMU coaching staff Monday , but attention quickly turned from Saturday 's victory to next week 's problem : Rice_University .
(William G. Pollard, Physicist and Christian....)
When , therefore , it turned its attention to the concrete entities with which popular imagination had peopled the world of spirit , these entities soon lost whatever status they had enjoyed as actual elements of external reality .
(Nathan Rapport, ""I've Been Here before!"...)
One day when he attended a war memorial ceremony in Westminster_Abbey his view was obstructed by a stout man on his left , his attention turned to the irregular pattern of the rough slab flooring and someone , clasping him by the arm , whispered , `` I want a word with you , please '' .
(J. F. Vedder, "Micrometeorites", in Francis S. J...)
Another important source of evidence only recently receiving much attention is the analysis of atmospheric dust for a meteoritic component .
(LeRoy Fothergill, "Biological Warfare", in Peter...)
this is why this approach to BW defense has not been given major attention .Synonyms attention attending Related Terms inattention basic_cognitive_process eye notice attentiveness notice ear clock-watching attack attend
2. attention [ n ] the work of caring for or attending to someone or something
Examples: "no medical care was required" "the old car needed constant attention"
(Edward E. Kelly, S.J., "Christian Unity in England"...)
Further evidence that Roman_Catholicism enjoys a more favorable_position today than in 1861 is the respectful attention given to_it in the mass_media of England .
(Jaroslav Pelikan, The Shape of Death: life, death and...)
If death receives more_than its share of attention from the theologian and if sin receives less_than its share , the gift of the life_eternal through Christ begins to look_like the divinely appointed means of rescue from temporal , i.e. , created , existence .
(High Fidelity, 11:10...)
Yet no detail was too small to receive attention from this master , and as a result the playing here has humor , delicacy , and radiant humanity .
(E. Lucas Myers, "The Vindication of Dr. Nestor,"...)
When Alex entered his room , the doctor was already preparing a nest in the straw case , six eggs ready for the hen 's attentions .Synonyms attention care tending aid Related Terms work treatment first_aid incubation nursing nurturance manicure livery pet_sitting dental_care hair_care pedicure skin_care tender_loving_care nourishment personal_care tree_surgery maternalism faith_healing health_care babysitting care tend
3. attention [ n ] a general interest that leads people to want to know more
Examples: "She was the center of attention"
(Brainard Cheney, "Christianity and the Tragic Vision-Ut...)
And let me add Murray 's new book as another symptom of_it , particularly so in_view_of the attention Time magazine gave it when it came_out recently .
(H. A. Gleason, "Review of African language studies...)
The design of orthographies has received much less attention from linguists than the problem deserves .
(Peter Field, Rattlesnake Ridge....)
In town no one paid much attention to an occasional shot ; but on the range gunfire had a meaning .Synonyms attention Related Terms attraction enhancer attend
4. attention [ n ] a courteous act indicating affection
Examples: "she tried to win his heart with her many attentions"
(Francis Pollini, Night....)
He laughed , suddenly , feeling a surge of power telling him of his hold over them , seeing himself before them , receiving utmost respect and attention .
(John Dos Passos, Midcentury....)
I said sure that was what I wanted her to do but she paid no attention .Synonyms attention Related Terms courtesy
5. attention [ n ] the faculty or power of mental concentration
Examples: "keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention"
(The Department of State: A Fresh Look at the...)
I tried to do so by calling to their attention some of the problems that a senior departmental policy officer faces .
(Peter Field, Rattlesnake Ridge....)
Nearing home , he jerked to attention at the distant crack of a gun .Synonyms attention Related Terms faculty concentration watchfulness mental_note attend
6. attention [ n ] a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review
Examples: "the troops stood at attention"
(Breni James, Nights of the Kill....)
Gun went to the connecting door , which was open , and stood at attention while Orville_Torrence_Killpath , in full uniform , finished combing his hair .Synonyms attention Related Terms stance military attentive inattentive