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English definition of “attentive”


adjective (HELPING)    /əˈten.tɪv/ US  /-t̬ɪv/
If someone is attentive, they are very helpful and take care of you: He was very attentive to her when she was ill. A good teacher is always attentive to their students' needs.Kind and thoughtful attentively     /-li/ adverb The children sat listening attentively to the story.Cautious and vigilantPaying attention and being carefulKind and thoughtful attentiveness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Kind and thoughtfulCautious and vigilantPaying attention and being careful
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