What does attention mean?

Definitions for attention
əˈtɛn ʃən; əˌtɛnˈʃʌnat·ten·tion

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word attention.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. attention, attending(noun)

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

  2. care, attention, aid, tending(noun)

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

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

  3. attention(noun)

    a general interest that leads people to want to know more

    "She was the center of attention"

  4. attention(noun)

    a courteous act indicating affection

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

  5. attention(noun)

    the faculty or power of mental concentration

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

  6. attention(noun)

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. attention(Noun)

    Mental focus.

    Please direct your attention to the following words.

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

  2. attention(Noun)

    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. attention(Noun)

    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. attention(Interjection)

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Attention(noun)

    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. Attention(noun)

    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
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say attention in sign language?

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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. Sarah Meyer:

    New York transit officials focus will always be to run the trains safely and on time, and if a well-known voice can bring attention to in-car messaging, New York transit officials are all for it.

  2. Stephen Moore:

    You know, people are talking about women's earnings -- they've risen. The problem, actually, has been the steady decline in male earnings, and I think we should pay attention to that because I think that has very negative consequences for the economy and for society.

  3. Michael Rosanoff:

    Conditions like epilepsy, depression, attention-de?cit hyperactivity disorder, schizophrenia -- these psychiatric and medical conditions are much more common among individuals with autism, rather, autism is often a co-occurring medical and psychiatric condition that is likely to play a role in this premature mortality finding.

  4. Jon Voight:

    It’s good to have debate—real debate—a difference on issues and different sides of the issues, it’s an important election. I hope people are paying attention.

  5. Timothy Neal:

    There is no substitute for just getting to know the players, and paying attention when you see their behavior change so that you can just casually ask them how things are going and keep a dialogue going that makes them feel safe talking about whatever might be going on.

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