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attentionˈtɛnʃən/noun
pluralattentions
attention
ˈtɛnʃən/
noun
pluralattentions
Learner's definition of ATTENTION  
: the act or power of carefully thinking about, listening to, or watching someone or something
[noncount]
— often + to
[count]
◊ This sense is sometimes used as an interjection.
[noncount]  : notice, interest, or awareness
[noncount]  : special care or treatment
attentions [plural]  : acts of kindness, care, or courtesy : acts that show affection or admiration for someone
[noncount]  : the way a soldier stands with the body stiff and straight, the feet together, and both arms at the sides — often used as a command

at attention

orto attention
: standing silently with the body stiff and straight, the feet together, and both arms at the sides
— compare at ease at 1ease
: in a position that shows careful listening or attention
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