Definition of attentive in English:

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attentive

Pronunciation: /əˈten(t)iv/

adjective

1Paying close attention to something: never before had she had such an attentive audience Congress should be more attentive to the interests of taxpayers
More example sentences
  • Jones is earnest and attentive to detail, and promises to work closely with residents on an array of local issues.
  • Therefore, we need to be ever vigilant and attentive to the status of race in our work as well as in our lives.
  • The children watched with interest and were attentive to each step of the process.
Synonyms
perceptive, observant, alert, acute, aware, heedful, vigilant;
intent, focused, undistracted, committed, studious, diligent, conscientious, earnest;
wary, watchful
informal not missing a trick, on the ball
1.1Assiduously attending to the comfort or wishes of others; very polite or courteous: the hotel has a pleasant atmosphere and attentive service
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  • All the dishes were exquisitely presented and the service was polite and attentive.
  • He sought comfort by becoming overly attentive to the patient and his family.
  • The service is quick, courteous and attentive without becoming overpowering.
Synonyms
conscientious, considerate, thoughtful, kind, caring, solicitous, understanding, sympathetic, obliging, accommodating, courteous, gallant, chivalrous;
dutiful, responsible

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French attentif, -ive, from atendre 'give one's attention to' (see attend).

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Syllabification: at·ten·tive

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