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at·ten·tion  audio  (-tnshn) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. Concentration of the mental powers upon an object; a close or careful observing or listening.
  2. The ability or power to concentrate mentally.
  3. Observant consideration; notice: Your suggestion has come to our attention.
  4. Consideration or courtesy: attention to others' feelings.
  5. attentions Acts of courtesy, consideration, or gallantry, especially by a suitor.
  6. A military posture, with the body erect, eyes to the front, arms at the sides, and heels together.
INTERJECTION:
Used as a command to assume an erect military posture.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English attencioun, from Latin attenti, attentin-, from attentus, past participle of attendere, to heed ; see attend

OTHER FORMS:
at·tention·al(Adjective)


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