- 1Notice taken of someone or something; the regarding of someone or something as interesting or important: he drew attention to three spelling mistakes you’ve never paid that much attention to her opinionsMore example sentences
- He drew attention to three important interrelated factors which he regarded as peculiar to arbitration agreements.
- Is that the only passage in which the trial judge drew attention to his interest in the outcome of the proceedings?
- He also drew attention to the problem of the unacceptable level of absenteeism at the company's Carlow plant.
- 1.1The mental faculty of considering or taking notice of someone or something: he turned his attention to the educational systemMore example sentences
- Not that such considerations made any difference when we turned our attention to the menu.
- Rafael glanced at her for a second then turned his attention to the road again.
- She merely dropped her smile, opened her folder and turned her attention to her schedule.
- 2The action of dealing with or taking special care of someone or something: the business needed her attention he failed to give the patient adequate medical attentionMore example sentences
- We help patients decide if a problem requires medical attention or even hospital care.
- Anyone with a medical problem will then be provided with a referral for appropriate medical care and attention.
- These patients require the same attention and care as those who meet all the criteria.
- 2.1 (attentions) A person’s interest in someone, especially when unwelcome or regarded as excessive: his primary aim was to avoid the attentions of the newspapersMore example sentences
- It also opens them up to the attentions of interest groups which would wish to maximise their influence within committees.
- The major police operation switched its attentions to Hoyle when an officer discovered the defendant was known to be in the area at the time of attack.
- Now Foster has switched his attentions to Yorkshire where trading standards and the police have launched an investigation.
- 2.2 (attentions) A person’s actions intended to express interest of a sexual or romantic nature in someone, sometimes when unwelcome: she felt flattered by his attentionsMore example sentences
- Obviously he was flattered at the attentions of such a young and attractive woman.
- It felt good to be out and about and she wouldn't deny that she was flattered by Ollie's attentions.
- Flattered by the attentions of the young lord, Antonello admits him to his studio.
- 3 Military A position assumed by a soldier, standing very straight with the heels together and the arms straight down the sides of the body: the squadron stood to attention when we arrived midshipmen standing at attentionMore example sentences
- Their eyes slowly roved over the group of soldiers standing at attention beyond the podium.
- When we arrived a soldier stood at attention and bowed when the prince entered.
- Two suits of armour stood to attention at the foot of a wide oak staircase.
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- Recognition of the role of attentional processes in overcoming disorientation suggests two further mechanisms that might potentially link anxiety and dizziness.
- Neural growth results in improved attentional skills: adolescents can pay attention longer than children, and they can better ignore distractions.
- Therefore, when children have mastered automaticity of handwriting, more attentional capacity is available for comprehension and problem solving.
late Middle English: from Latin attentio(n-), from the verb attendere (see attend).