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attention

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

1325–75; Middle English attencioun<Latin attentiōn- (stem of attentiō). See attent, -ion

OTHER WORDS FROM attention

at·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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Idioms and Phrases with attention

attention

see pay attention.

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