Definition of "attention" []

  • Concentration of the mental powers upon an object; a close or careful observing or listening. (noun)
  • The ability or power to concentrate mentally. (noun)
  • Observant consideration; notice: Your suggestion has come to our attention. (noun)
  • Consideration or courtesy: attention to others' feelings. (noun)
  • Acts of courtesy, consideration, or gallantry, especially by a suitor. (noun)
  • Concentrated direction of the mind, esp to a problem or task (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Consideration, notice, or observation (noun)
  • Detailed care or special treatment (noun)
  • An act of consideration, courtesy, or gallantry indicating affection or love (noun)
  • The motionless position of formal military alertness, esp in drill when an upright position is assumed with legs and heels together, arms to the sides, head and eyes facing to the front (noun)
  • The act of concentrating on any one of a set of objects or thoughts (noun)
  • The order to be alert or to adopt a position of formal military alertness (sentence-substitute) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "attention" in a sentence
  • "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_."
  • "Tbe preceding extracls fufficiently manifeft this writer's waL It the fennel we do not find Efficient proofs of fuperiour judgment or erudition, to authorize our recommending his work to the attention of young clergymen as a guivte in their flu dies, rhef r clerical duty, or their peifonal conduit, home of the author's fuggtftiont may claim attention* particularly the letter on the compofitiori and delivery of fermons; but the general fubieel of tliefe letters has been much better treated by bUhop Burnet, archbifhop Seeker, Dr. Napletoa, and others."
  • "Inspiration Deficit Disorder is a play off the term attention deficit disorder, which gets wildly overused, in my opinion."