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at·ten·tion

attention

 
 
pronunciation:
ten shn
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: the concentration of one's mind on something.
The movie held our attention for three hours.
synonyms:
concentration, intentness
similar words:
care, consciousness
definition 2: notice or consideration.
The teacher could not get the children's attention.The problem finally came to the attention of the principal.
synonyms:
awareness, consideration, notice
antonyms:
disregard
similar words:
care, heed, investigation, observation, thought
definition 3: (usually plural) acts of respect, care, or politeness.
We enjoyed the attentions of the waiter at the restaurant.
synonyms:
regards
antonyms:
disregard
similar words:
affection, courting
definition 4: a way in which a person stands in the military, with the body straight, the legs and feet together, and the eyes looking forward.
The soldier stood at attention.
 
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The word attention contains the following parts:
at- Latin prefix that means to, toward
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The prefix at- occurs in Latin loanwords. It is an assimilated form of ad- used before roots beginning with "t," such as "tract" and "ten, tin, tain." See ad-.
tend, tent, tens Latin root that means stretch
-ion Latin noun-forming suffix that means the act, process, or result of
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The suffix -ion attaches to bases that are Latin verb stems ending in s or t.