Learner's definition of ATTENTION
1 : the act or power of carefully thinking about, listening to, or watching someone or something
— often + to
We focused our attention on this particular poem.
My attention wasn't really on the game.
The game was boring and my attention began to wander. [=I was losing interest in the game and started thinking about other things]
You need to pay more attention in school.
Please give me your undivided/full/complete attention. [=please listen carefully and concentrate on what I am saying and doing]
The movie keeps/holds your attention [=interest] right to the very end.
Her job requires careful attention to detail.
You need to pay more attention to the teacher.
Don't pay any attention to what the other kids say. [=ignore what the other kids say]
It's time to turn/give our attention to the next project.
Pay (close/careful) attention to what he says.
◊ This sense is sometimes used as an interjection.
2 [noncount] : notice, interest, or awareness
She likes all the attention she is getting from the media/press.
The actor avoids drawing attention to himself.
The book has received/attracted national attention.
The trial is getting a lot of public attention.
The children were competing for the teacher's attention.
A cat on a leash is sure to attract attention.
Your hard work and dedication have not escaped my attention. [=I have noticed your hard work and dedication]
The book's title grabbed/caught my attention. [=the title caused me to look at the book]
He was trying to divert/distract attention away from his friend's mistake. [=he was trying to keep people from noticing or thinking about his friend's mistake]
We tried to attract/get your attention [=we tried to get you to see us], but you didn't hear us calling you.
Thank you for bringing the matter to my attention. [=making me aware of the matter]
It has been brought to my attention [=I've been made aware] that the meeting has been canceled.
I would like to call/bring your attention to a problem we are having.
It came to my attention [=I noticed] that several items were missing from my office.
It has come to my attention [=I have been made aware] that some people were offended by my comments.
He loves being the center of attention. [=he loves being noticed and watched by many people]
3 [noncount] : special care or treatment
Be sure the dog gets plenty of attention.
The house is in good shape, but the porch needs some attention.
The victim needed immediate medical attention.
4 attentions [plural] : acts of kindness, care, or courtesy : acts that show affection or admiration for someone 5 [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
orto attention : standing silently with the body stiff and straight, the feet together, and both arms at the sides
— compare at ease at 1ease
2 : in a position that shows careful listening or attention