Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “attention”

See all translations

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).get/attract/catch sb's attention B2 to make someone notice you: I knocked on the window to get her attention.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.the centre of attention the thing or person that a lot of people notice: He likes telling jokes and being the centre of attention at parties.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.
More examples

attention noun [U] (CARE)

special care or treatment: The paintwork will need a little attention. If symptoms persist, seek medical attention.

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 attention
(Definition of attention from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of attention?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “attention” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

be as cold as ice

to be extremely cold

Word of the Day

Cleavage proves divisive in Cambridge’s words of 2014

by Alastair Horne,
December 19, 2014
​​​​ Other dictionaries may choose faddish novelties as their words of the year, but here at Cambridge, we like to do something different. We look for the words that have seen sudden surges in searches over the course of the year – words that have been baffling users of English and driven them

Read More 

cinderella surgery noun

December 15, 2014
cosmetic surgery to the feet We have all heard of people having nose jobs, boob jobs and liposuction – but now a new trend growing in popularity in America: Cinderella surgery.

Read More