American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Concentration of the mental powers upon an object; a close or careful observing or listening.
- n. The ability or power to concentrate mentally.
- n. Observant consideration; notice: Your suggestion has come to our attention.
- n. Consideration or courtesy: attention to others' feelings.
- n. Acts of courtesy, consideration, or gallantry, especially by a suitor.
- n. A military posture, with the body erect, eyes to the front, arms at the sides, and heels together.
- interj. Used as a command to assume an erect military posture.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Active direction of the mind upon an object of sense or of thought, giving it relative or absolute prominence: it may be either voluntary or involuntary.
- n. The power or faculty of mental concentration.
- n. Consideration; observant care; notice: as, your letter has just arrived, and will receive early attention.
- n. Civility or courtesy, or an act of civility or courtesy: as, attention to a stranger; in the plural, acts of courtesy indicating regard: as, his attentions to the lady were most marked.
- n. In military tactics, a cautionary word used as a preparative to a command to execute some manœuver: as, attention, company! right face! Synonyms Notice, heed, mindfulness, observance; study. Politeness, deference.
- n. The whole of consciousness, regarded as made up of contents which may successively become clear under attention. The first usage is based on the analogy of the visual field of regard, the second on the analogy of the field of vision.
- n. uncountable Mental focus.
- n. countable An action or remark expressing concern for or interest in someone or something, especially romantic interest.
- n. uncountable, military A state of alertness in the standing position.
- interj. military Used as a command to bring soldiers to the attention position.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. 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.
- n. An act of civility or courtesy; care for the comfort and pleasure of others.
- n. the faculty or power of mental concentration
- n. a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review
- n. a general interest that leads people to want to know more
- n. the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
- n. a courteous act indicating affection
- n. the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
- From Middle English attencioun, from Latin attentio, from attendere, past participle attentus ("to attend, give heed to"); see attend. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English attencioun, from Latin attentiō, attentiōn-, from attentus, past participle of attendere, to heed; see attend. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“To summarize the most effective method of gaining attention -- _hit each sense to which you appeal as strongly as you can, without making a disagreeable impression, strike as many senses as possible, and keep on using your sense-hitting device as long as necessary to get or to recover exclusive favorable attention_.”
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“Inspiration Deficit Disorder is a play off the term attention deficit disorder, which gets wildly overused, in my opinion.”
“The term attention-deficit disorder turns out to be a misnomer.”
“Another thing to which he called our attention was the fact that frames A, B, E, F, H, K and L were stiffened with cross braces, while the rest were not.”
“It was one of the serious mistakes and they recognize it now and if you look at the programme you find there very little provision for the further development of heavy industry and that the main attention is being directed to developing light industries-commodities the people require.”
“The last of the five points to which I called your attention was the eye-spots.”
“The prophets might as soon gain attention from the mountains as from that rebellious and gainsaying people, to whom they all day long stretched out their hands in vain.”
“The extra attention is a key reason Dr. Kulich is a welcome face at the home of Margarit Ordukhanyan and her son, Alexander.”
“There's lot of new brain science, including the work on neuroplasticity, or how the brain changes its organization over time to understand new experiences, that confirms that developing and sustaining our attention is a new sort of fitness.”
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