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noun attention pronunciation in British English /əˈtenʃ(ə)n/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the interest or thought that you give to something you are listening to or watching
    The speaker was dull and their attention soon wandered.
    May I please have your attention?
    turn your attention to something: It’s time now to turn our attention to the committee’s recommendations.
    undivided/full attention: Please give the demonstration your undivided attention.
    hold/keep your attention: The conversation failed to hold my attention.
    1. a.
      interest, especially interest that the public has in a person, event, situation etc
      Recent violence has focused attention on the issue of racism.
      He avoided publicity and disliked the attention his acting brought him.
      divert/distract attention from something: They engineered a news story to divert attention from the scandal.
      catch someone’s attention: What first caught my attention was his voice.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] the fact that you notice something, often something that causes problems
    It had escaped my attention at the time.
    something comes to someone’s attention: I followed up his request the moment it came to my attention.
    draw (someone’s) attention to something: I have been asked to draw your attention to the following matters.
    bring something to someone’s attention: a campaign to bring human rights abuses to the government’s attention
  3. 3
    [uncountable] special care, help, or treatment for someone or something
    As the sixth of ten children, he never received much attention.
    Your letter will receive immediate attention.
  4. 5


    [plural] behaviour that shows someone that you love them or that you take a lot of interest in them
    I was flattered by her kind attentions.
    She had to deal with the unwelcome attentions of a drunk.



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