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Meaning of “attention” in the English Dictionary

"attention" in British English

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attentionnoun [U]

uk   us   /əˈten.ʃən/
  • 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 ​environmentallyharmfuleffects of using ​theircars. 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 ​wronglater. Don't ​pay any attention to Nina - she doesn't ​know what she's ​talking about. He wasn't ​paying attention to the ​safetyinstructions.the centre of attention the thing or ​person that a lot of ​peoplenotice: He ​likestellingjokes 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 ​turntheir attention to new ​forms of ​energy.

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  • attention noun [U] (CARE)

specialcare or ​treatment: The ​paintwork will need a little attention. If ​symptomspersist, ​seek medical attention.
(Definition of attention from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"attention" in American English

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attentionnoun [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 ​oldhouse, and it ​needs a lot of attention.

attentionexclamation, noun [U]

 us   /əˈten·ʃən/
  • attention exclamation, noun [U] (WAY OF STANDING)

(in the ​armedforces) an ​order to ​standstraight and not move, with ​yourfeet together, ​arms by ​yoursides, and ​headfacing to the ​front, or this way of ​standing: Each ​cadetstood at attention for ​inspection.
(Definition of attention from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"attention" in Business English

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attentionnoun

uk   us   /əˈtenʃən/
for the attention of sb ( written abbreviation FAO, written abbreviation attn) written on an ​envelope or at the ​top of a ​letter to show who should read it: Letters should be marked for the attention of Jane Mills.
(Definition of attention from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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