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attention

noun [U]  us   /əˈten·ʃən/

attention noun [U] (NOTICE)

the act of directing the mind to listen, see, or understand; notice: In order to learn anything, you have to pay attention. It’s hard to command the attention of 23 eight-year-olds. Let me finish this, then I’ll give you my undivided attention.

attention noun [U] (CARE)

time or effort that you are willing to give to help someone or something because you care about that person or thing: It’s an old house, and it needs a lot of attention.

attention

exclamation, noun [U]  us   /əˈten·ʃən/

attention exclamation, noun [U] (WAY OF STANDING)

(in the armed forces) an order to stand straight and not move, with your feet together, arms by your sides, and head facing to the front, or this way of standing: Each cadet stood at attention for inspection.
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