American English

Definition of attitude noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] attitude (to/toward somebody/something) the way that you think and feel about someone or something; the way that you behave toward someone or something that shows how you think and feel changes in public attitudes to marriage the government's attitude toward single parents to have a good/bad/positive/negative attitude toward someone or something If you want to pass your exams, you'd better change your attitude! You've got a pretty selfish attitude about this, don't you? A lot of drivers have a serious attitude problem (= they do not behave in a way that is acceptable to other people).
  2. 2[uncountable] confident, sometimes aggressive, behavior that shows you do not care about other people's opinions and that you want to do things in an individual way a band with attitude You'd better get rid of that attitude and shape up, young man.
  3. 3[countable] (formal) a position of the body Her hands were folded in an attitude of prayer.
  4. Idioms
    cop an attitude (informal)
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    to show that you feel you are better or more important than someone else, especially by behaving rudely Joe always seemed to cop an attitude when he was called on in class.
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