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Attention appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • No IT net taste gets attention.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun attention:


The word attention is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun attention

What does attention mean as a name of something?

Attention is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: attentions

  1. the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
  2. the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
    • example: the old car needs constant attention
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of attention: aid / care / tending
    • more generic word: work = activity directed toward making or doing something
    • more specific terms:
  3. a general interest that leads people to want to know more
  4. a courteous act indicating affection
    • example: she tried to win his heart with her many attentions
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • more generic word: courtesy = a courteous or respectful or considerate act
  5. the faculty or power of mental concentration
  6. a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review

Alternative definition of the noun attention


  1. [uncountable] Mental focus.
  2. [countable, plural form obsolete] An action or remark expressing concern for or interest in someone or something, especially romantic interest.
  3. [uncountable, military] A state of alertness in the standing position.

Specialised definition of the noun attention

Glossary of sports

special care or treatment (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

Other definitions of attention

What does attention also mean?


  1. [military] [Used as a command to bring soldiers to the attention position].


  1. Attention is a rock band from Minneapolis, MN. Featuring former members of The Stereo, Gloria Record, New End Original and Gratitude, Attention is singer/guitarist Jeremy Tappero, drummer David Jarnstrom, guitarist Eric Malmberg and bassist Derek Ritchison.
  2. Attention a.k.a. Attention: is a musical group.
    • albums: "Say What You Mean What You Say", "Attention"
  3. Attention a.k.a. !ATTENTION! is a musical group.
    • albums: "Demo 2009", "Four or Five Ways to Play These Chords"

There are other groups with in their name, like Attention Deficit.


  1. "Attention" is the song chosen to represent Lithuania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Vilija Matačiūnaitė was chosen as the singer on 1 March 2014.
  2. "Attention" is an album released by GusGus in 2002. The personnel differs from their three previous albums.
  3. "Attention" a.k.a. "! -attention-" is a musical album of 20th Century.
    • released on (17 years ago)
  4. "Attention" a.k.a. "Attention!" is a musical album of Erja Lyytinen.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  5. "Attention" a.k.a. "ATTENTION!" is the third studio album by German recording artist Alexander Klaws. It was released by Sony BMG on Hansa Records on March 10, 2006 in German-speaking Europe. Recorded after a short-living hiatus, it marked a departure from Klaws' previous work with Deutschland sucht den Superstar judge and musical mentor Dieter Bohlen, who gained no credit on the record. Instead, the album features a wider range of producers, including Terri Bjerre, David Stenmarck, Sandi Strmljan, Thorsten Brötzmann, Ivo Moring, and Mirko von Schlieffen.
  6. "Attention" is the debut full-length album from Christian pop punk band Philmont. It was released in Japan with an alternative cover and tracklisting on June 24, 2009 and in the U.S. and on iTunes on August 25, 2009. It includes several tracks from their Oh Snap EP, which was also recorded by Rob Hawkins in Nashville, Tennessee.
  7. "Attention" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  8. "Attention" a.k.a. "Attention!" is a musical EP of SiJ.
    • released on (4 years ago)
  9. "Attention" is a musical album of Septic Death.
    • released in (26 years ago)
  10. "Attention" is a musical single of Da Rick.
    • released in (18 years ago)
  11. "Attention" a.k.a. "Attention!" is a musical album of Los Incas.
    • released in (46 years ago)
  12. "ATTENTION" is a musical EP of AlphaBAT.
    • released on
  13. "Attention" is a musical EP of Moving Fusion.
    • released on
  14. "Attention" is a musical single of Alias Empire.
    • released on (8 years ago)
  15. "Attention" is a musical album of Visitors.
    • released in (29 years ago)
  16. "Attention" a.k.a. "Attention!" is a musical album of Tata Bojs.
    • released in (14 years ago)
  17. "Attention" a.k.a. "Attention!" is a musical album of The Apples.
    • released in (11 years ago)
  18. "Attention" is a musical album of Mademoiselle Karen.
    • released on (5 years ago)


  1. "Attention" a.k.a. "The Lie": Attention is a 1985 drama romance film written by Leone Colonna, Giovanni Soldati and Rodolfo Sonego, and directed by Giovanni Soldati.
  2. "Attention" is a Bollywood film. It was released in 1946.
    • country: India
    • language: Hindi Language
    • genres: Bollywood, World cinema
    • released in (70 years ago)
  3. "Attention" is a film.
    • country: Poland
    • language: Polish Language
    • released in (57 years ago)


  1. Attention is the behavioral and cognitive process of selectively concentrating on a discrete aspect of information, whether subjective or objective, while ignoring other perceivable information. Attention has also been referred to as the allocation of limited processing resources.
  2. Attention is a 2013 Shorty Awards winner for Best Use of Social Media for Fashion.
  3. Attention: In advertising research, attention is the direct measure of a commercial's ability to win audience attention against competing commercial products. It is one of the three report card measures attention, brand linkage and motivation. Attention is also graphed visually in the Flow of Attention.
  4. Attention is a bugle call sounded as a warning that troops are about to be called to attention.

Phrases with Attention

Phrases starting with the word Attention:

  1. attention span
  2. Attention Whore
  3. attention-getting
  4. Attention-Grabbing
  5. attention deficit disorder
  6. attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Phrases ending with the word Attention:

  1. Pay Attention
  2. call attention
  3. Draw Attention
  4. paying attention
  5. Flow of Attention
  6. center of attention
  7. centre of attention

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Attention

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Google previewBehavioral Aspects of Epilepsy (2007)

Principles and Practice by Gregory L. Holmes, MD, Steven C. Schachter, Dr. Dorothee GA Kasteleijn-Nolst Trenite, "MD,MPH"

Focused attention is the ability to concentrate on a particular subset of the surrounding stimuli (focusing) and at the same...

Google previewDevelopmental Speech-Language Training through Music for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (2011)

Theory and Clinical Application by Hayoung A. Lim

Attention is a foundation skill that is necessary for good memory, executive function, communication, and executive...

Joint attention is the process of sharing one's experience of observing an event, by following gaze or pointing gestures.

Google previewThe Essential Vygotsky (2013)

by Robert W. Rieber, David K. Robinson

Characteristic for secondary attention is that the relation between the subject and the object changes substantially.

Google previewSuggestive therapeutics and hypnotism (1900)

by Herbert Arthur Parkyn

Attention is the indispensable condition of growth in knowledge. It may be denned as the power to...

Expectant attention is that condition of mind which anticipates certain results, either dreaded or desired. It enters largely into the happiness or ...

Google previewVisual Attention and Consciousness (2012)

by Jay Friedenberg

Attention is a complex, multi-faceted concept. The research on vision and attention...

Google previewVision Rehabilitation (2016)

Multidisciplinary Care of the Patient Following Brain Injury by Penelope S. Suter, Lisa H. Harvey

Overt attention is the act of directing sensory organs toward a stimulus. Covert attention refers to the act of mentally focusing on one stimulus, or enhancing the signal from a particular part of the sensory panorama, while appearing to have the ...

Google previewTheories of Consciousness (2016)

An Introduction and Assessment by William Seager

So one core question, which many current discussions focus on, is about whether attention is a sufficient condition of consciousness. We should be clear that calling X a sufficient condition of Y does not imply that X is the cause of Y or that X is ...

Google previewJames and Husserl: The Foundations of Meaning (2012)

by R. Stevens

Attention is a necessary condition of the recognition of sameness which, as we have seen, James considers to be the most basic characteristic of our conscious life.

Google previewApplied Clinical Neuropsychology (2010)

An Introduction by Jan Leslie Holtz, PhD

Selective attention is the ability to focus on an aspect of an experience and filter out irrelevant stimuli. In general, older adults perform poorer at this than younger adults (Brown, McKenzie, & Doan, 2005). Divided attention is the ability to ...

Google previewYour Will Power (2013)

Get Ahead With Your Intention And Come To A Place Called Attention by JOSEPH AKINOLA

This place of attention is a place where no kind of tension can harass you, because any tension that wants to come around will discover that you are also a 'tension- personified';.

Google previewThe Human Frontal Lobes (2007)

Functions and Disorders by Bruce L. Miller, Jeffrey L. Cummings

Attention is a basic component of brain function on which many neural processes depend.

that reflects modern principles of cognitive neuroscience might be as follows: “Attention is the emergent property of the cognitive system that allows it ...

Google previewPsychology (1901)

Normal and Morbid by Charles Arthur Mercier

In such cases, which are very common, the sluggishness in the movement of attention is the most conspicuous mental defect. It is manifest that voluntary, even more than reflex attention, must be diminished when there is any diminution in the ...

Google previewIndependence, Social, and Study Strategies for Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2014)

The BASICS College Curriculum by Amy Rutherford, Michelle Rigler, Emily Quinn

Since reciprocal attention is an important element of communication, interpreting both verbal conversation and body language is essential. Individuals on the spectrum can sometimes struggle with the concept of body language. Indeed, it is ...

Google previewPattern Recognition (2002)

24th DAGM Symposium, Zurich, Switzerland, September 16-18, 2002, Proceedings by Luc Van Gool

Visual attention is the ability to rapidly detect the visually salient parts of a given scene. Inspired by biological vision, the saliencybased algorithm efficiently models the visual attention process. Due to its complexity, the saliency-based model of ...

Google previewElsevier's Dictionary of Psychological Theories (2006)

by J.E. Roeckelein

ATTENTION, LAWS/PRINCIPLES AND THEORIES OF. The term attention is defined differently depending on the context in which it is used. In a functional sense, for instance, attention refers to the process of focusing on certain portions of an ...

Google previewAmerican Philosophy: An Encyclopedia (2008)

by John Lachs, Robert B. Talisse

For Peirce, proofsthat attention affectedthoughtwere the positive correlation of increased attention with increased capacity to inscribe new memories and to recall lost ones, and increasedaccuracy of logical sequences of thought. Habits are a ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Neuropsychological Disorders (2011)

by Arthur MacNeill Horton, Jr., EdD, ABPP, ABPN, Chad A. Noggle, PhD, ABN, Raymond S. Dean, PhD, ABPP, ABN, ABPdN

DESCRIPTION Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental disorder that emerges in childhood that sometimes continues through adulthood. ADHD is the most common diagnosed child psychological disorder ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Canadian Social Work (2009)

by Francis J. Turner

Concentrative meditation focuses the attention on the breath, an image, or a sound (usually a mantra) to quieten the mind and allow for emergence of greater awareness and clarity (Meditation 2000); mindfulness meditation involves paying ...

Google previewCampbell's Psychiatric Dictionary (2009)

by Robert Jean Campbell

average deviation; antidepressant ADAP Alzheimer disease–associated protein AIDS dementia complex Attention deficit disorder; Administration on Developmental Disabilities Attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity Adverse drug event ...

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Sign language device invention gaining attention in India

Four engineering college graduates created a prototype to recognize and translate sign language.

Quotes about Attention

The secret of a good memory is attention, and attention to a subject depends upon our interest in it. We rarely forget that which has made a deep impression on our minds. (Tryon Edwards)
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Scrabble value of A1T1T1E1N1T1I1O1N1

The value of this 9-letter word is 9 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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