Attention Definition

Define what is Attention?

1. attending, attention (noun)

the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others.

    Synonyms: attending
    Antonyms: inattention (noun)

    lack of attention.


    basic cognitive process noun
    cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge.


    attentiveness, heed, paying attention, regard noun
    paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people).

    clock-watching noun
    paying excessive attention to the clock (in anticipation of stopping work).

    ear noun
    attention to what is said.

    eye noun
    attention to what is seen.

    notice, observance, observation noun
    the act of noticing or paying attention.

    notice noun
    polite or favorable attention.

    2. care, tending, attention, aid (noun)

    the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something.

    • no medical care was required.
    • the old car needs constant attention.
    Synonyms: care, tending, aid

    work noun
    activity directed toward making or doing something.


    hair care, haircare, hairdressing noun
    care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair.

    maternalism noun
    motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children.

    baby sitting, babysitting noun
    the work of a baby sitter; caring for children when their parents are not home.

    pet sitting noun
    the work of a pet sitter; caring for pets in their own home while their owners are away from home.

    dental care noun
    care for the teeth.

    first aid noun
    emergency care given before regular medical aid can be obtained.

    treatment, intervention noun
    care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury).

    incubation noun
    maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development.

    livery noun
    the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay.

    manicure noun
    professional care for the hands and fingernails.

    pedicure noun
    professional care for the feet and toenails.

    nourishment noun
    the act of nourishing.

    nursing noun
    the work of caring for the sick or injured or infirm.

    tender loving care, TLC noun
    considerate and solicitous care.

    nurturance noun
    physical and emotional care and nourishment.

    personal care noun
    care for someone who is disabled or is otherwise unable to care for themselves; can including bathing and cooking and managing bodily functions.

    skin care, skincare noun
    care for the skin.

    faith cure, faith healing noun
    care provided through prayer and faith in God.

    tree surgery noun
    treatment of damaged or decaying trees.

    healthcare, health care noun
    the preservation of mental and physical health by preventing or treating illness through services offered by the health profession.

    3. attention (noun)

    a general interest that leads people to want to know more.

    • She was the center of attention.

    attractive feature, magnet, attracter, attractor, attraction noun
    a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts.


    enhancer, foil noun
    anything that serves by contrast to call attention to another thing's good qualities.

    4. attention (noun)

    a courteous act indicating affection.

    • she tried to win his heart with her many attentions.

    courtesy noun
    a courteous or respectful or considerate act.

    5. attention (noun)

    the faculty or power of mental concentration.

    • keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention.

    faculty, mental faculty, module noun
    one of the inherent cognitive or perceptual powers of the mind.


    engrossment, immersion, absorption, concentration noun
    complete attention; intense mental effort.

    mental note noun
    special attention with intent to remember.

    alertness, vigilance, watchfulness, wakefulness noun
    the process of paying close and continuous attention.

    6. attention (noun)

    a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review.

    • the troops stood at attention.

    stance noun
    standing posture.

    Nearby Terms

    attention deficit disorder (noun)
    a condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorders

    attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (noun)
    a condition (mostly in boys) characterized by behavioral and learning disorders

    attention span (noun)
    the length of time you can concentrate on some idea or activity

    attention-getting (adjective satellite)
    seizing the attention

    attentional (adjective)
    of or relating to attention

    attentive (adjective)
    (often followed by `to') giving care or attention

    attentively (adverb)
    with attention; in an attentive manner

    attentiveness (noun)
    paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people)

    attenuate (verb)
    weaken the consistency of (a chemical substance)

    attenuated (adjective satellite)
    of an electrical signal; reduced in amplitude with little or no distortion

    attenuation (noun)
    weakening in force or intensity

    attenuator (noun)
    an electrical device for attenuating the strength of an electrical signal

    attest (verb)
    provide evidence for; stand as proof of; show by one's behavior, attitude, or external attributes

    attestant (noun)
    (law) a person who attests to the genuineness of a document or signature by adding their own signature

    attestation (noun)
    the action of bearing witness