attention Definition

  • 1notice taken of someone or something; the regarding of someone or something as interesting or important
  • 2the action of dealing with or taking special care of someone or something
  • 3careful consideration or application of something

Using attention: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "attention" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The teacher's attention was focused on the student who had raised his hand.

  • Example

    The company paid attention to customer feedback and made changes accordingly.

  • Example

    The nurse gave special attention to the patient's needs.

  • Example

    The artist paid close attention to detail in her painting.

attention Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for attention

Idioms Using attention

  • to pay an exorbitant amount of money for someone's attention or services


    He paid through the nose for the lawyer's attention.

  • to behave in a way that makes people notice or pay attention to oneself


    She always dresses in bright colors to draw attention to herself.

  • bring something to someone's attention

    to make someone aware of something


    I wanted to bring this issue to your attention.

Phrases with attention

  • to focus one's mind on something


    Please pay attention to what I'm saying.

  • attention span

    the length of time for which a person is able to concentrate on a particular activity or subject


    Children have shorter attention spans than adults.

  • a condition characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development


    He was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder at a young age.

Origins of attention

from Latin 'attendere', meaning 'give heed to'


Summary: attention in Brief

The term 'attention' [əˈtɛnʃ(ə)n] refers to the act of noticing, regarding, or dealing with someone or something. It can also denote careful consideration or application of something. Phrases like 'pay attention' and 'attention span' use 'attention' to denote focus or concentration, while 'attention deficit disorder (ADD)' refers to a condition characterized by inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity. Idioms like 'pay through the nose for attention' and 'draw attention to oneself' use 'attention' to denote the act of paying or attracting attention, respectively.

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