adjective Archaic.

attentive; intent.

Nearby words

  1. attendant,
  2. attendantly,
  3. attendee,
  4. attender,
  5. attending,
  6. attention,
  7. attention deficit disorder,
  8. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder,
  9. attention line,
  10. attention span

Origin of attent

1275–1325; Middle English < Latin attentus attentive (past participle of attendere), equivalent to atten(d)- (see attend) + -tus past participle suffix

Related formsat·tent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for attent



late 15c., "attentive," from Latin attentus, past participle of attendere (see attend). As a noun, "intention, aim" (early 13c.), from Old French atente "act of attending," from fem. of Latin attentus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper