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Meaning of “attitude” in the English Dictionary

"attitude" in British English

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attitudenoun

uk   /ˈæt.ɪ.tjuːd/  us   /ˈæt̬.ɪ.tuːd/
  • attitude noun (OPINION)

B1 [C or U] a ​feeling or ​opinion about something or someone, or a way of ​behaving that is ​caused by this: It's often very ​difficult to ​change people's attitudes. [+ that] She takes the attitude thatchildren should be ​allowed to ​learn at ​their own ​pace. He has a very ​bad attitude to/towardswork. He ​seems to have ​undergone a ​change in/of attitude ​recently, and has ​become much more ​cooperative. I don't like ​your attitude (= the way you are ​behaving). That ​boy has a ​real attitude problem (= ​behaves in a way that makes it ​difficult for other ​people to have a ​relationship with him or ​work with him).

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  • attitude noun (CONFIDENCE)

[U] If you say that someone has attitude, you ​mean that they are very ​confident and ​wantpeople to ​notice them.
  • attitude noun (POSITION)

[C] literary a ​position of the ​body: She ​laysprawledacross the ​sofa, in an attitude ofcompleteabandon.
(Definition of attitude from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"attitude" in American English

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attitudenoun [C/U]

 us   /ˈæt̬·ɪˌtud/
the way you ​feel about something or someone, or a ​particularfeeling or ​opinion: [U] Start each ​day with a ​positive attitude. [C] People’s attitudes toward ​family are set very early in ​life. infml If you say that someone has an attitude, you ​mean that the ​personseemsunwilling to be ​helpful or ​polite.
(Definition of attitude from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"attitude" in Business English

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attitudenoun [C or U]

uk   us   /ˈætɪtjuːd/
a ​feeling or ​opinion about something, especially when this ​shows in your ​behaviour: attitude towards sb/sth We need ​teamplayers with a positive attitude towards ​work. What is your employer's attitude to ​equalopportunities?
(Definition of attitude from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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