[syn: care, attention, aid, tending]
3. a general interest that leads people to want to know more;
- Example: "She was the center of attention"
4. a courteous act indicating affection;
- Example: "she tried to win his heart with her many attentions"
5. the faculty or power of mental concentration;
- Example: "keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention"
6. a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review;
- Example: "the troops stood at attention"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Attention \At*ten"tion\, n. [L. attentio: cf. F. attention.]
1. The act or state of attending or heeding; the application
of the mind to any object of sense, representation, or
thought; notice; exclusive or special consideration;
earnest consideration, thought, or regard; obedient or
affectionate heed; the supposed power or faculty of
They say the tongues of dying men
Enforce attention like deep harmony. --Shak.
Note: Attention is consciousness and something more. It is
consciousness voluntarily applied, under its law of
limitations, to some determinate object; it is
consciousness concentrated. --Sir W. Hamilton.
2. An act of civility or courtesy; care for the comfort and
pleasure of others; as, attentions paid to a stranger.
To pay attention to, To pay one's attentions to, to be
courteous or attentive to; to wait upon as a lover; to
Syn: Care; heed; study; consideration; application;
advertence; respect; regard.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: the process whereby a person concentrates on some features
of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
[syn: attention, attending] [ant: inattention]
2: the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone
or something; "no medical care was required"; "the old car
needs constant attention" [syn: care, attention, aid,
3: a general interest that leads people to want to know more;
"She was the center of attention"
4: a courteous act indicating affection; "she tried to win his
heart with her many attentions"
5: the faculty or power of mental concentration; "keeping track
of all the details requires your complete attention"
6: a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet
together; assumed by military personnel during drill or
review; "the troops stood at attention"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
115 Moby Thesaurus words for "attention":
NB, TLC, absorption, acclaim, act of courtesy, acuity, acuteness,
agility, alertness, amenity, anticipation, application, assiduity,
attentions, attentiveness, audibility, audience, audition,
aural examination, aural sense, auscultation, awareness, benignity,
brightness, bugging, care, carefulness, caution, circumspection,
circumspectness, civility, cognizance, concentration, concern,
conference, consciousness, considerateness, consideration,
courtesy, debate, deference, deliberation, devoirs, diligence,
distinction, duties, eager attention, ear, eavesdropping, egards,
electronic surveillance, engrossment, examination by ear, favor,
favorable attention, forethought, gallantry, graceful gesture,
hearing, heed, heedfulness, heeding, homage, honor,
hushed attention, immersion, industry, intentness, interview,
keenness, kindliness, limelight, listening, listening in,
loving care, mark, mind, mindfulness, nimbleness, note, notice,
notoriety, observance, observation, polite act, preparedness,
prominence, promptitude, promptness, publicity, punctuality,
quickness, rapt attention, readiness, regard, regardfulness,
regards, remark, respects, reverence, sedulity, sedulousness,
sense of hearing, sensibility, sharpness, sleeplessness, smartness,
solicitude, study, tender loving care, thoughtfulness, tryout,
urbanity, wakefulness, wiretapping