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

    The prevailing attitude at the time was antiwar.

    an unhealthy social environment that encourages negative attitudes

    The move reflects changing attitudes among management.

    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.



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