from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or practice of being advertent; heedfulness.
  • n. The action of being attentive; attention or consideration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The quality of being advertent; heedfulness; regard; consideration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The act of adverting, of the quality of being advertent; attention; notice; regard; heedfulness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A turning or directing of the mind; attention; notice; consideration; heed; reference.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the process of being heedful


Middle English, from Old French advertance, from Medieval Latin advertentia, from Latin advertēns, advertent-, present participle of advertere, to turn toward; see adverse.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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