attention

[ noun uh-ten-shuhn; interjection uh-ten-shuhn ]
/ noun əˈtɛn ʃən; interjection əˌtɛnˈʃʌn /

noun

Origin of attention

1325–75; Middle English attencioun < Latin attentiōn- (stem of attentiō). See attent, -ion
Related formsat·ten·tion·al, adjectiveo·ver·at·ten·tion, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for attention

attention

/ (əˈtɛnʃən) /

noun

sentence substitute

the order to be alert or to adopt a position of formal military alertness

Word Origin for attention

C14: from Latin attentiō, from attendere to apply the mind to; see attend
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Word Origin and History for attention

attention


n.

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.

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Idioms and Phrases with attention

attention


see pay attention.

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