- 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
Synonyms for attention
Examples from the Web for over-attention
Historical Examples of over-attention
Nature's own attitude with regard to over-attention to sex matters must not be forgotten.
It is because of over-attention to himself that the disturbance occurs.
Many of the cases of insomnia are really due to this over-attention.
In a great many cases the greater part of the discomfort is due to over-sensitization and over-attention.Health Through Will Power
James J. Walsh
Spoilt women are spoilt mainly from a like cause: over-attention from men.The Girl of the Period and Other Social Essays, Vol. I (of 2)
Eliza Lynn Linton
Word Origin 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.
see pay attention.