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noun     attitude pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    [countable/uncountable] someone’s opinions or feelings about something, especially as shown by their behavior

    The prevailing attitude at the time was antiwar.

    We can win only if the team adopts a positive attitude.

    attitude toward:

    Attitudes toward the older members of the group will have to change.

    attitude to:

    People here have a more relaxed attitude to their work.

    an attitude problem (=negative feelings and inappropriate behavior):

    What we don’t need is somebody with an attitude problem.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] informal a proud confident way of behaving that some people consider rude

    There’s no denying the guy has attitude.

  3. 3
    [countable] formal the position of your body
  4. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    give someone attitude to behave in a hostile manner

    "Don't give me attitude," said the teacher to the class clown. "Or you will go to detention."

    Submitted by Chloe from Canada on 19/12/2014

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