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Definitions of attention

  1. the work of caring for or attending to someone or something; " no medical care was required"; " the old car needed constant attention"
  2. the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the ( relative) exclusion of others
  3. a general interest that leads people to want to know more; " She was the center of attention"
  4. a courteous act indicating affection; " she tried to win his heart with her many attentions"
  5. a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review; " the troops stood at attention"
  6. the faculty or power of mental concentration; " keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention"
  7. The act or state of attending or heeding; the application of the mind to any object of sense, representation, or thought; notice; exclusive or special consideration; earnest consideration, thought, or regard; obedient or affectionate heed; the supposed power or faculty of attending.
  8. An act of civility or courtesy; care for the comfort and pleasure of others; as, attentions paid to a stranger.
  9. Focusing on certain aspects of current experience to the exclusion of others. It is the act of heeding or taking notice or concentrating.
  10. The act of applying the mind to anything; consideration for any person or thing; a mark or act of courtesy; care for the comfort of others; a military command to assume a certain position.
  11. Act of attending: steady application of the mind: heed: care.
  12. The act of heeding; civility.
  13. The act, fact, or power of attending.
  14. An act of courtesy; consideration; care.
  15. The soldierly posture of readiness.
  16. Acts of special regard.
  17. The act of attending; heeding; regarding attentively; act of civility or courtesy.
  18. The act of attending; paying heed to; steady application of the mind; act of courtesy.
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Quotes of attention

  1. It is true that they paid much more attention to the trade unions because the trade unions were after all speaking for the rights and conditions of working men and women in their employment. – Barbara Castle
  2. The obsession with suicide is characteristic of the man who can neither live nor die, and whose attention never swerves from this double impossibility. – Emile M. Cioran
  3. That said, we don't approach these improvements as only a surface aesthetic. The producers and we think that these men are helped with their inner needs when they pay attention to their externals. – Kyan Douglas
  4. As far as I was concerned the important thing was that the music was getting the attention as well as me so it was always a great way to get more of the public to connect with classical music, and opera particularly. – Lesley Garrett
  5. That's very nice if they want to publish you, but don't pay too much attention to it. It will toss you away. Just continue to write. – Natalie Goldberg
  6. With Guard and Reserve units, you can end up with a lot of people from one part of the country dying in one day, and that gets people's attention – Lawrence Korb
  7. I worked very hard and I earned all the attention I'm getting. – Anna Kournikova
  8. What I would pay much more attention to are the few points where the player can inadvertently make a career decision. Most players end up back -tracking, though some actually enjoy this. – Graham Nelson
  9. Only in a concert situation do I have access to people directly to preach to them, and I don't believe that the bigger your platform is, the more people will pay attention – Larry Norman
  10. Things with my dad were pretty good until I won an Academy Award. He was really loving to me until I got more attention than he did. Then he hated me. – Tatum O'Neal
  11. A good advertisement is one which sells the product without drawing attention to itself. – David Ogilvy
  12. If all you have to offer is a look that is supposed to be appealing, the you are going to be paid attention to about a tenth as long as you would be if when you speak you are interesting. – Julia Roberts
  13. People in New York pay attention to national issues- a huge percentage of people. – Sydney Schanberg
  14. A masculine education cannot spare from professional study and the necessary acquisition of languages, the time and attention which I have bestowed on the compositions of my countrymen. – Anne Seward

Usage examples for attention

  1. But the Master paid no attention – Men Called Him Master by Elwyn Allen Smith
  2. I shall have to draw your particular attention to this matter. – In the Mayor's Parlour by J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  3. Benedict looked with great attention at the king's hand. – The Prussian Terror by Alexandre Dumas
  4. Stand to attention and 'sir' me when you speak. – The Kangaroo Marines by R. W. Campbell
  5. Some used the old cry, Attention – Last Words by Stephen Crane
  6. She had his attention – The Coast of Chance by Esther Chamberlain Lucia Chamberlain
  7. Fruen seemed to come back to attention from somewhere far away. – Wanderers by Knut Hamsun
  8. The word caught her attention – Lonesome Land by B. M. Bower
  9. Come, come, pay no attention to old Ripple. – The Passionate Elopement by Compton Mackenzie
  10. William had certainly heard Mr. Ashley's voice; but it was so unusual to be called by it, that he had paid no attention – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  11. That officer to whom Bernard was calling his attention was . – The Woman of Mystery by Maurice Leblanc
  12. Every one must kiss Barbara; little George must come in for his full share of attention – The Story Of Julia Page Works of Kathleen Norris, Volume V. by Kathleen Norris
  13. After a few moments I turned my attention to my ambassador. – My First Years As A Frenchwoman, 1876-1879 by Mary King Waddington
  14. But sometimes an introductory paragraph is necessary in order to explain the writer's point of view, or to indicate to what phases of the subject attention is to be given. – Practical Grammar and Composition by Thomas Wood
  15. Of these only one drew his attention – The Cook's Wedding and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov
  16. What did you do to that young fellow, to make him show you such an attention – The End of a Coil by Susan Warner
  17. Erasmus paid little attention to this letter. – Erasmus and the Age of Reformation by Johan Huizinga
  18. What can you expect if they never get any attention – A Question of Marriage by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  19. He wants you to give attention to Him! – The Witness by Grace Livingston Hill Lutz
  20. But Judith was giving her attention to Poker Face now. – Judith of Blue Lake Ranch by Jackson Gregory

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