attention

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EtymologyEdit

From Middle English attencioun, borrowed from Latin attentio, attentionis, from attendere, past participle attentus (to attend, give heed to); see attend.

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  • IPA(key): /əˈtɛn.ʃən/
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NounEdit

attention (countable and uncountable, plural attentions)

  1. (uncountable) Mental focus.
    Please direct your attention to the following words.
    • 1897 December (indicated as 1898), Winston Churchill, chapter 1, in The Celebrity: An Episode, New York, N.Y.: The Macmillan Company; London: Macmillan & Co., Ltd., OCLC 222716698:
      In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, […], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned. But he had then none of the oddities and mannerisms which I hold to be inseparable from genius, and which struck my attention in after days when I came in contact with the Celebrity.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 3, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      One saint's day in mid-term a certain newly appointed suffragan-bishop came to the school chapel, and there preached on “The Inner Life.”  He at once secured attention by his informal method, and when presently the coughing of Jarvis […] interrupted the sermon, he altogether captivated his audience with a remark about cough lozenges being cheap and easily procurable.
    • 1959, Mari Sandoz, “Bone Joe and the Smokin' Woman”, in Hostiles and Friendlies: Selected Short Writings[1]:
      Lesper Killey was at her shoulder, jerking at the wash-faded denim of her jumper to get her attention.
    • 2012 March 1, William E. Carter, Merri Sue Carter, “The British Longitude Act Reconsidered”, in American Scientist, volume 100, number 2, page 87:
      But was it responsible governance to pass the Longitude Act without other efforts to protect British seamen? Or might it have been subterfuge—a disingenuous attempt to shift attention away from the realities of their life at sea.
  2. (countable) An action or remark expressing concern for or interest in someone or something, especially romantic interest.
  3. (uncountable, military) A state of alertness in the standing position.
    The company will now come to attention.
  4. (uncountable, computing) A technique in neural networks that mimics cognitive attention, enhancing the important parts of the input data while giving less priority to the rest.

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attention

  1. (military) Used as a command to bring soldiers to the attention position.
  2. A call for people to be quiet/stop doing what they are presently doing and pay heed to what they are to be told or shown.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin attentio, attentionem.

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attention f (uncountable)

  1. attention, (mental focus)
  2. vigilance
  3. attention (concern for or interest in)
  4. consideration, thoughtfulness

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attention !

  1. look out! watch out! careful!

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