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UK [əˈtenʃ(ə)n] / US noun
1)
a) [uncountable] the interest or thought that you give to something you are listening to or watching

The speaker was dull and their attention soon wandered.

May I please have your attention?

turn your attention to something:

It's time now to turn our attention to the committee's recommendations.

undivided/full attention:

Please give the demonstration your undivided attention.

hold/keep your attention:

The conversation failed to hold my attention.

b) interest, especially interest that the public has in a person, event, situation etc

Recent violence has focused attention on the issue of racism.

He avoided publicity and disliked the attention his acting brought him.

divert/distract attention from something:

They engineered a news story to divert attention from the scandal.

catch someone's attention:

What first caught my attention was his voice.

2) [uncountable] the fact that you notice something, often something that causes problems

It had escaped my attention at the time.

something comes to someone's attention:

I followed up his request the moment it came to my attention.

draw (someone's) attention to something:

I have been asked to draw your attention to the following matters.

bring something to someone's attention:

a campaign to bring human rights abuses to the government's attention

3) [uncountable] special care, help, or treatment for someone or something

As the sixth of ten children, he never received much attention.

Your letter will receive immediate attention.

4) [uncountable] if people in the armed forces stand to attention or stand at attention, they stand straight with their feet together to show respect or to receive orders
5) attentions
[plural] behaviour that shows someone that you love them or that you take a lot of interest in them

I was flattered by her kind attentions.

She had to deal with the unwelcome attentions of a drunk.

attract (someone's) attention — to make someone notice someone or something

He waved to attract the attention of the waitress.

The trial has attracted international attention.


English dictionary. 2014.

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