Definitions for: Attention


[n] the work of caring for or attending to someone or something; "no medical care was required"; "the old car needed constant attention"
[n] a courteous act indicating affection; "she tried to win his heart with her many attentions"
[n] 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"
[n] the faculty or power of mental concentration; "keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention"
[n] the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
[n] a general interest that leads people to want to know more; "She was the center of attention"



Webster (1913) Definition: At*ten"tion, n. [L. attentio: cf. F. attention.]
1. 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.



They say the tongues of dying men Enforce attention like
deep harmony. --Shak.

Note: Attention is consciousness and something more. It is
consciousness voluntarily applied, under its law of
limitations, to some determinate object; it is
consciousness concentrated. --Sir W. Hamilton.

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

To pay attention to, To pay one's attentions to, to be
courteous or attentive to; to wait upon as a lover; to
court.

Syn: Care; heed; study; consideration; application;
advertence; respect; regard.

Synonyms: aid, attending, care, tending

Antonyms: inattention

See Also: absorption, alertness, attentiveness, attraction, attractive feature, attractor, babysitting, basic cognitive process, clock-watching, concentration, courtesy, dental care, ear, engrossment, enhancer, eye, faculty, faith cure, faith healing, first aid, foil, hair care, hairdressing, heed, immersion, incubation, livery, manicure, mental faculty, mental note, module, notice, nourishment, nursing, nurturance, observance, observation, paying attention, pedicure, personal care, regard, skin care, stance, tender loving care, TLC, treatment, tree surgery, vigilance, watchfulness, work

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