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"attention" in British English

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attentionnoun [U]

uk   /əˈten.ʃən/  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 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.

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  • attention noun [U] (CARE)

special care or treatment: The paintwork will need a little attention. If symptoms persist, 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 old house, and it needs a lot of attention.

attentionexclamation, 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.
(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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