Definition of attentive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    attentive

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//əˈtentɪv//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//əˈtentɪv//
     
    Job skills and personal qualities
     
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  1. 1listening or watching carefully and with interest an attentive audience See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  2. 2helpful; making sure that people have what they need The hotel staff are friendly and attentive. attentive to somebody/something Ministers should be more attentive to the needs of families. See related entries: Job skills and personal qualities
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French attentif, -ive, from atendre ‘give one's attention to’, from Latin attendere, from ad- ‘to’ + tendere ‘stretch’.Extra examples His wife was most attentive. He listened, quiet and attentive. Never before had she had such an attentive audience.
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