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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 opinions the mental faculty of considering or taking notice of someone or something:he turned his attention to the educational system 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 attention
) a person’s interest in someone, especially when unwelcome or regarded as excessive:his primary aim was to avoid the attentions of the newspapers
) a person’s actions intended to express interest of a sexual or romantic nature in someone, sometimes when unwelcome:she felt flattered by his attentions
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 attention [as exclamation] an order to assume the position of attention.
Remember that attention
is spelled with a double t
; the ending is -tion