Definition of Attention

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

Exact synonyms: Attending
Generic synonyms: Basic Cognitive Process
Specialized synonyms: Attentiveness, Heed, Paying Attention, Regard, Clock-watching, Ear, Eye, Notice, Observance, Observation, Notice
Derivative terms: Attend
Antonyms: Inattention

2. Noun. The work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something. "The old car needs constant attention"

3. Noun. A general interest that leads people to want to know more. "She was the center of attention"
Generic synonyms: Attracter, Attraction, Attractive Feature, Attractor, Magnet
Specialized synonyms: Enhancer, Foil
Derivative terms: Attend

4. Noun. A courteous act indicating affection. "She tried to win his heart with her many attentions"
Generic synonyms: Courtesy

5. Noun. The faculty or power of mental concentration. "Keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention"

6. 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"
Generic synonyms: Stance
Category relationships: Armed Forces, Armed Services, Military, Military Machine, War Machine
Attributes: Attentive, Inattentive

Definition of Attention

1. 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.

Definition of Attention

1. Noun. Mental focus. ¹

2. Noun. An action or remark expressing concern for or interest in someone or something, especially romantic interest. ¹

3. Noun. (uncountable military) A state of alertness in the standing position. ¹

4. Interjection. (military) (non-gloss definition Used as a command to bring soldiers to the attention position). ¹

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Definition of Attention

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Attention

1. Focusing on certain aspects of current experience to the exclusion of others. It is the act of heeding or taking notice or concentrating. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Attention

attending physician
attending staff
attending surgeon
attention (current term)
attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder
attention deficit disorder
attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity
attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
attention seeker
attention seekers
attention span
attention spans

Literary usage of Attention

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Psychology, General Introduction by Charles Hubbard Judd (1917)
"The spy who was betrayed by his impulsive and wholly uncontrolled response to a sudden military order to stand to attention exhibited his training by his ..."

2. The Principles of Psychology by William James (1890)
"tive or voluntary attention. It is a feeling which every one knows, ... There is no such thing as voluntary attention, sustained for more than a few seconds ..."

3. The Novels of Jane Austen by Jane Austen (1892)
"... they could not be necessary ; and it was not till Easter-day, almost a week after the gentlemen's arrival, that they were honoured by such an attention, ..."

4. The Montessori method: Scientific Pedagogy as Applied to Child Education in by Maria Montessori (1912)
"Considering the method as a whole, we must begin our work by preparing the child for the forms of social life, and we must attract his attention to these ..."

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