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English noun: attention

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


Broader (hypernym)basic cognitive process

Narrower (hyponym)attentiveness, clock-watching, ear, eye, heed, notice, notice, observance, observation, paying attention, regard


2. attention (act) the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something

SamplesNo medical care was required.
The old car needs constant attention.

Synonymsaid, care, tending

Broader (hypernym)work

Narrower (hyponym)baby sitting, babysitting, dental care, faith cure, faith healing, first aid, hair care, haircare, hairdressing, health care, healthcare, incubation, intervention, livery, manicure, maternalism, nourishment, nursing, nurturance, pedicure, personal care, pet sitting, skin care, skincare, tender loving care, TLC, treatment, tree surgery

3. attention (cognition) a general interest that leads people to want to know more

SamplesShe was the center of attention.

Broader (hypernym)attracter, attraction, attractive feature, attractor, magnet

Narrower (hyponym)enhancer, foil

4. attention (act) a courteous act indicating affection

SamplesShe tried to win his heart with her many attentions.

Broader (hypernym)courtesy

5. attention (cognition) the faculty or power of mental concentration

SamplesKeeping track of all the details requires your complete attention.

Broader (hypernym)faculty, mental faculty, module

Narrower (hyponym)absorption, alertness, concentration, engrossment, immersion, mental note, vigilance, wakefulness, watchfulness

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

SamplesThe troops stood at attention.

Broader (hypernym)stance

Attributeattentive, inattentive

Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

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