Definition of attention noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    attention

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//əˈtenʃn//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtenʃn//
     
     
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    listening/looking carefully
  1. 1  [uncountable] the act of listening to, looking at or thinking about something/somebody carefully the report’s attention to detail He turned his attention back to the road again. Small children have a very short attention span. Please pay attention (= listen carefully) to what I am saying. Don't pay any attention to what they say (= don't think that it is important). She tried to attract the waiter's attention. I tried not to draw attention to (= make people notice) the weak points in my argument. An article in the newspaper caught my attention. I couldn't give the programme my undivided attention. (formal) It has come to my attention (= I have been informed) that… (formal) He called (their) attention to the fact that many files were missing. (formal) Can I have your attention please? Language BankemphasisHighlighting an important point This case emphasizes/highlights the importance of honest communication between managers and employees. Effective communication skills are essential/crucial/vital. It should be noted that this study considers only verbal communication. Non-verbal communication is not dealt with here. It is important to remember that/An important point to remember is that non-verbal communication plays a key role in getting your message across. Communication is not only about the words you use but also your body language and, especially/above all, the effectiveness with which you listen. I would like to draw attention to the role of listening in effective communication. Choose your words carefully: in particular, avoid confusing and ambiguous language. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, you must learn to listen as well as to speak.
  2. interest
  3. 2  [uncountable] interest that people show in somebody/something Films with big stars always attract great attention. As the youngest child, she was always the centre of attention.
  4. 3[countable, usually plural] things that somebody does to try to please you or to show their interest in you She tried to escape the unwanted attentions of her former boyfriend.
  5. treatment
  6. 4  [uncountable] special care, action or treatment She was in need of medical attention. The roof needs attention (= needs to be repaired). for the attention of… (= written on the envelope of an official letter to say who should deal with it)
  7. soldiers
  8. 5[uncountable] the position soldiers take when they stand very straight with their feet together and their arms at their sides to stand at/to attention compare (stand) at ease
  9. Word Origin late Middle English: from Latin attentio(n-), from the verb attendere, from ad- ‘to’ + tendere ‘stretch’.Extra examples Attention has now shifted to the presidential elections. Can I have your attention, please? He devoted all his attention to his mother. He had a cup of tea and then turned his attention to the report. He is a designer known for his meticulous attention to detail. He then turned his attention to the report. He was convicted of driving without due care and attention. Her primary aim was to avoid the attentions of the newspapers. His injuries required immediate attention. His music deserves more scholarly attention. How many times do I have to ask you to pay attention? I felt my attention wandering during the lecture. I tried to attract the waiter’s attention. In this chapter we confine our attention to non-renewable energy sources. It ’s clear that a great deal of care and attention was put into the movie sets. Media attention focused today on the prince’s business affairs. My boss was grateful that I had brought the matter to her attention. Pay no attention to what Bill said—he’s a complete liar! Please pay extra attention to what I’m about to tell you. Policy-makers paid scant attention to the wider issues. She attracts constant media attention. She doesn’t like to draw attention to her illness. She lavishes attention on those silly little dogs. She was surrounded by men all vying for her attention. Some children love being the centre of attention. The child needs special attention. The commander called the men to attention. The company decided to refocus its attention back onto its traditional strengths and expertise. The focus of attention must now be how to improve the economy. The government is trying to divert attention away from the economy. The issue of climate change has received considerable attention in recent times. The soldiers all stood to attention. There was something in the way he spoke that riveted her attention. These poems have received a lot of critical attention. They listened with rapt attention. Wherever he goes, he commands attention. a letter for the attention of your doctor a matter requiring urgent attention an interesting essay that repays close attention dozens of concerns jostling for your attention An article in the newspaper caught my attention. Don’t pay any attention to what they say. Films with the big stars always attract great attention. He called their attention to the fact that many files were missing. He wanted to call/​draw attention to the problem. I couldn’t give the programme my undivided attention. I tried not to draw attention to the weak points in my argument. It has come to my attention that… Now, please sit up and pay attention to what I am going to say. Small children have a very short attention span. The child was used to being the centre of attention.
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