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ATTENTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does attention mean? 

ATTENTION (noun)
  The noun ATTENTION has 6 senses:

1. the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
2. the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
3. a general interest that leads people to want to know more
4. a courteous act indicating affection
5. the faculty or power of mental concentration
6. a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review

  Familiarity information: ATTENTION used as a noun is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


ATTENTION (noun)


Sense 1attention [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Synonyms:

attending; attention

Hypernyms ("attention" is a kind of...):

basic cognitive process (cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attention"):

attentiveness; heed; paying attention; regard (paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people))

clock-watching (paying excessive attention to the clock (in anticipation of stopping work))

ear (attention to what is said)

eye (attention to what is seen)

notice; observance; observation (the act of noticing or paying attention)

notice (polite or favorable attention)

Antonym:

inattention (lack of attention)


Sense 2attention [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

care; tending; attention; aid

Context examples:

no medical care was required / the old car needs constant attention

Hypernyms ("attention" is a kind of...):

work (activity directed toward making or doing something)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attention"):

hair care; haircare; hairdressing (care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair)

nursing (the work of caring for the sick or injured or infirm)

tender loving care; TLC (considerate and solicitous care)

nurturance (physical and emotional care and nourishment)

personal care (care for someone who is disabled or is otherwise unable to care for themselves; can including bathing and cooking and managing bodily functions)

skin care; skincare (care for the skin)

faith cure; faith healing (care provided through prayer and faith in God)

tree surgery (treatment of damaged or decaying trees)

health care; healthcare (the preservation of mental and physical health by preventing or treating illness through services offered by the health profession)

nourishment (the act of nourishing)

pedicure (professional care for the feet and toenails)

manicure (professional care for the hands and fingernails)

maternalism (motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children)

baby sitting; babysitting (the work of a baby sitter; caring for children when their parents are not home)

pet sitting (the work of a pet sitter; caring for pets in their own home while their owners are away from home)

dental care (care for the teeth)

first aid (emergency care given before regular medical aid can be obtained)

treatment (care by procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)

incubation (maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development)

livery (the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay)


Sense 3attention [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A general interest that leads people to want to know more

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

She was the center of attention

Hypernyms ("attention" is a kind of...):

attracter; attraction; attractive feature; attractor; magnet (a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attention"):

enhancer; foil (anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities)


Sense 4attention [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A courteous act indicating affection

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Context example:

she tried to win his heart with her many attentions

Hypernyms ("attention" is a kind of...):

courtesy (a courteous or respectful or considerate act)


Sense 5attention [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The faculty or power of mental concentration

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Context example:

keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention

Hypernyms ("attention" is a kind of...):

faculty; mental faculty; module (one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "attention"):

alertness; vigilance; wakefulness; watchfulness (the process of paying close and continuous attention)

mental note (special attention with intent to remember)

absorption; concentration; engrossment; immersion (complete attention; intense mental effort)


Sense 6attention [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

the troops stood at attention

Hypernyms ("attention" is a kind of...):

stance (standing posture)

Attribute:

attentive ((often followed by 'to') giving care or attention)

inattentive (showing a lack of attention or care)

Domain category:

armed forces; armed services; military; military machine; war machine (the military forces of a nation)


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