What does attention mean?

Definitions for attention
əˈtɛn ʃən; əˌtɛnˈʃʌnat·ten·tion

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Wiktionary

  1. attentionnoun

    Mental focus.

    Please direct your attention to the following words.

    Etymology: From attencioun, from attentio, from attendere, past participle attentus; see attend.

  2. attentionnoun

    An action or remark expressing concern for or interest in someone or something, especially romantic interest.

    Etymology: From attencioun, from attentio, from attendere, past participle attentus; see attend.

  3. attentionnoun

    A state of alertness in the standing position.

    The company will now come to attention.

    Etymology: From attencioun, from attentio, from attendere, past participle attentus; see attend.

  4. attentioninterjection

    Used as a command to bring soldiers to the attention position.

    Etymology: From Middle English attencioun, borrowed from Latin attentio, attentionis, from attendere, past participle attentus ("to attend, give heed to") ; see attend.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. attention, attendingnoun

    the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others

  2. care, attention, aid, tendingnoun

    the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something

    "no medical care was required"; "the old car needs constant attention"

  3. attentionnoun

    a general interest that leads people to want to know more

    "She was the center of attention"

  4. attentionnoun

    a courteous act indicating affection

    "she tried to win his heart with her many attentions"

  5. attentionnoun

    the faculty or power of mental concentration

    "keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention"

  6. attentionnoun

    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"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attentionnoun

    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

  2. Attentionnoun

    an act of civility or courtesy; care for the comfort and pleasure of others; as, attentions paid to a stranger

Freebase

  1. Attention

    Attention is the cognitive process of selectively concentrating on one aspect of the environment while ignoring other things. Attention has also been referred to as the allocation of processing resources. Attention is one of the most intensely studied topics within psychology and cognitive neuroscience. Attention remains a major area of investigation within education, psychology and neuroscience. Areas of active investigation involve determining the source of the signals that generate attention, the effects of these signals on the tuning properties of sensory neurons, and the relationship between attention and other cognitive processes like working memory and vigilance. A relatively new body of research is investigating the phenomenon of traumatic brain injuries and their effects on attention. Attention also has variations amongst cultures.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Attention

    at-ten′shun, n. act of attending, as in to pay, give, call, or attract attention: steady application of the mind: heed: civility, courtesy: care.—interj. (mil.) a cautionary word used as a command to execute some manœuvre.—adj. Attent′ive, full of attention: courteous, mindful.—adv. Attent′ively.—n. Attenti′veness. [L. attention-emattend-ĕre. See Attend.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. attention

    Concentration of the mind on whatever will ultimately put something in the pocket; hence, in law and politics, the frame-up.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Attention

    Focusing on certain aspects of current experience to the exclusion of others. It is the act of heeding or taking notice or concentrating.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. attention

    A military word of command, calling the soldier from the quiescent position of "at ease" into readiness for any exercise or evolution. Also the erect posture due to that word of command, and which is assumed by a private soldier in the presence of an officer. The attending to signals.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. attention

    A cautionary command addressed to troops preparatory to a particular exercise or manœuvre. Gare-a-vous has the same signification in the French service.

Editors Contribution

  1. attention

    The ability and choice to focus on a specific purpose.

    The attention was focused on what they would like to achieve together as a united team.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2020  
  2. attention

    To listen with intent.

    Their attention was on what the farmers were saying to ensure they could suggest solutions for how to move forward together as one group and create a workable solution.

    Submitted by MaryC on January 19, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attention' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #691

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attention' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1360

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'attention' in Nouns Frequency: #299

How to pronounce attention?

  1. Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Indian

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of attention in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of attention in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of attention in a Sentence

  1. Mark Warner:

    I think Senate Intelligence Committee's Senate Intelligence Committee that this White House has not made election security a top priority and has not put the kind of attention and focus on it that we need.

  2. North DeKalb Kiwanis Club Beacon:

    All of us could take a lesson from the weather, it pays no attention to criticism.

  3. Vincent Van Gogh:

    At present I absolutely want to paint a starry sky. It often seems to me that night is still more richly coloured than the day; having hues of the most intense violets, blues and greens. If only you pay attention to it you will see that certain stars are lemon-yellow, others pink or a green, blue and forget-me-not brilliance. And without my expatiating on this theme it is obvious that putting little white dots on the blue-black is not enough to paint a starry sky.”

  4. Jerry Dias:

    The only way to get General Motors' attention is if we fight back.

  5. Hazlitt:

    A man who does not endeavour to seem more than he is will generally be thought nothing of. We habitually make such large deductions for pretence and imposture that no real merit will stand against them. It is necessary to set off our good qualities with a certain air of plausibility and self-importance, as some attention to fashion is necessary.

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