- a concentration of the mind on a single object or thought, especially one preferentially selected from a complex, with a view to limiting or clarifying receptivity by narrowing the range of stimuli.
- a state of consciousness characterized by such concentration.
- a capacity to maintain selective or sustained concentration.
Origin of attention
Examples from the Web for attention
One witness said the gunfire began after a traffic collision, which drew the attention of a nearby police officer.
First, they allow Paul to siphon off attention from whichever potential candidate is making news.
In an effort to gain early attention, he focused his attention on the Iowa precinct caucuses, which had never mattered much.
“ADD [Attention Deficit Disorder] is just a euphemistic way of saying, ‘I have limits,’” Brown writes.
Exactly why is unclear; their previous hacks seem to have just been for the Lulz (laughs in Internet-speak) and the attention.
I heard about the 40 acres of land and a mule the ex-slaves would get after the war, but I didn't pay any attention to it.
The boys had become so interested in bringing down the wolf that they had paid no attention to what was taking place overhead.The Rover Boys at Big Horn Ranch|Edward Stratemeyer
Insensibly, therefore, her attention became earnest, her mind aroused.Lucretia, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
He turned his attention to Pomerania, though the injuries his health had suffered drove him to take the waters at Carlsbad.The World's Greatest Books, Vol XII.|Arthur Mee
He had merely called that gentleman's attention to the very serious allegations laid at his door, and this was true.A Wounded Name|Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for attention
Word Origin for attention
Word Origin and History for attention
late 14c., "giving heed," from Latin attentionem (nominative attentio) "attention, attentiveness," noun of action from past participle stem of attendere "mental heeding" (see attend). Used with a remarkable diversity of verbs (e.g. pay, gather, attract, draw, call). As a military cautionary word preparative to giving a command, it is attested from 1792.
Idioms and Phrases with attention
see pay attention.