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noun     attention pronunciation in British English
  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.

    call/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. 4
    [uncountable] if people in the armed forces stand to attention or stand at attention, they stand straight with their feet together to show respect or to receive orders
  5. 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.

  6. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    draw/call attention to to get others to notice something

    The event is designed to draw/call attention to hunger in poor countries.

    Submitted by Boris Marchenko from Russian Federation on 24/05/2016
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