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attention

noun [U] uk   /əˈten.ʃən/ us  

attention noun [U] (NOTICE)

B1 notice, thought, or interest: Ladies and gentlemen, could I have your attention, please? They're organizing a campaign to draw people's attention to the environmentally harmful effects of using their cars. Wait a moment and I'll give you my full/undivided attention (= I'll listen to and think about only you). After an hour, my attention started to wander (= I stopped taking notice).Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilantThinking and contemplating get/attract/catch sb's attention B2 to make someone notice you: I knocked on the window to get her attention.Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilantThinking and contemplating pay attention (to sth/sb) B1 to watch, listen to, or think about something or someone carefully or with interest: If you don't pay attention now, you'll get it all wrong later. Don't pay any attention to Nina - she doesn't know what she's talking about. He wasn't paying attention to the safety instructions.Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilantThinking and contemplating the centre of attention the thing or person that a lot of people notice: He likes telling jokes and being the centre attention at parties.Paying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilant turn your attention(s) to sth/sb to start to think about or consider a particular thing or person: Many countries are starting to turn their attention to new forms of energy.Thinking and contemplatingPaying attention and being carefulCautious and vigilantThinking and contemplating

attention noun [U] (CARE)

special care or treatment: The paintwork will need a little attention. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.Treating and caring for people

attention noun [U] (WAY OF STANDING)

(especially in the armed forces) a way of standing, with the feet together, arms by your sides, head up, and shoulders back, and not moving: soldiers standing at/to attentionMilitary training and ceremoniesSitting and standing
(Definition of attention from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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