Definition of “attitude” - English Dictionary

“attitude” in English

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uk /ˈæt.ɪ.tʃuːd/ us /ˈæt̬.ə.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 that children should be allowed to learn at their own pace.
He has a very bad attitude to/towards work.
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 (POSITION)

[ C ] literary a position of the body:

She lay sprawled across the sofa, in an attitude of complete abandon.

(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 particular feeling 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 person seems unwilling 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 /ˈætɪtjuːd/ us

a feeling or opinion about something, especially when this shows in your behaviour:

attitude towards sb/sth We need team players with a positive attitude towards work.
What is your employer's attitude to equal opportunities?

(Definition of “attitude” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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The whole attitude of different countries to the idea of sharing in this and of this being inseparable from the world view in general is crucial.
There is in fact an almost media-wide presumption that the change in attitude at this time should come from the 14 countries.
I have no time for this attitude.
In the course of next year, there will be two such strategies which will be of great importance to our attitude towards these issues: recycling and use of resources.
Their attitude is based on the simple belief that implementing restrictive environmental protection either harms their business activities or increases their financial overheads significantly.
We may be tempted to adopt an attitude which is at once relativist, with regard to the means, and ultra-safe, with regard to actions.
I would like to finish by saying that we can no longer tolerate the arrogant attitude the pharmaceutical industry adopted last year in relation to certain countries.
A genuine change in attitude is needed, but also clear and vigorous legislation if we are to create equal opportunities in working life.
If we adopt an attitude, we cannot express any indignation at waste while at the same time putting forward a budget of this type.
Once adopted, the directive will ensure better anticipation of crises and will contribute to developing a positive attitude towards change by both management and workers.