• IPA: /əˈtɛn.ʃən/


  1. (uncountable) Mental focus.
    Please direct your attention to the following words.
  2. (countable) An action or remark expressing concern for or interest in someone or something, especially romantic interest.
    • 1818, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein; or, the Modern Prometheus, ch. 3,
      She attended her sickbed; her watchful attentions triumphed over the malignity of the distemper.
    • 1910, Stephen Leacock, "How to Avoid Getting Married," in Literary Lapses,
      For some time past I have been the recipient of very marked attentions from a young lady.
  3. (uncountable, military) A state of alertness in the standing position.
    The company will now come to attention.
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  1. (military) Used as a command to bring soldiers to the attention position.

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