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at•ten•tion(n. əˈtɛn ʃən; interj. əˌtɛnˈʃʌn)
- (When listening he is) as focused and as still as a chipmunk spying something unknown from atop a stone wall —Philip Roth about Primo Levi, New York Times Book Review, October 12, 1986
- The attention [of listeners] is like a narrow mouthed vessel; pour into it what you have to say cautiously, and, as it were, drop by drop —Joseph Joubert
- Attention rolled down like a window shade —Sharon Sheehe Stark
- Attention [of students] sinking … like sluggish iron from the cooling crust —John Updike
- Attentive and indifferent as a croupier —George Garrett
- Attracted about as much attention as a flea in a dog pound —Ross Thomas
- Attracted about as much attention (in the artistic world) as the advent of another fly in a slaughter house —James L. Ford
- Attracted as little attention as a dirty fingernail in the third grade —Ring Lardner
- Attracted attention like the principal heads in a picture —Honoré de Balzac
- Collected attention like twists of silver paper or small white pebbles —Elizabeth Bowen
- Concentrates … like a cancer victim scanning a medical dictionary in hopes that the standard definitions have been repealed overnight in favor of good news —James Morrow
- Curiosity, keen and cold as a steel knife —Maxim Gorky
- Deaf as a door nail —Thomas Wilson
This is the best known of many “Deaf as” similes. It’s used in its literal sense as well as to describe inattentiveness. Popular variants include “Deaf as a post,”“Deaf as a door,” and “Deaf as a stone.”
- Deaf as a piecrust —Lawrence Durrell
- (Had honed her ability to turn) deaf as a snail —Joseph Wambaugh
- Drinking it [information] like a bomber pilot getting ready for a mission —Harvey Swados
- (The hoot of laughter that always made Mary) flick him off like television —Sumner Locke Elliott
- Had taken in her every anecdote as completely as a recording machine —Louis Auchincloss
- Heads are turning like windmills —Arthur Miller
- Heedless as the dead —Lord Byron
- His eyes wandered, like a mind —Penelope Gilliatt
- His mind keeps slipping away like a fly —John Rechy
- Inattentive, like the ear of a confessor —Mary McCarthy
- Intent as a surgeon —Jean Stafford
- Interest spread like a net —Nadine Gordimer
- (She could not keep her mind on anything;) it [her mind] kept darting around like a darning needle —Jean Stafford
- Leaned forward … like hounds just before they get the fox —Stephen Vincent Benét
- Leapt from theme to theme like a water-bug —Eleanor Clark
- Listened as intently as a blind woman —Rita Mae Brown
- Listened, very still, like a child who is being told a fascinating and gruesome fairy tale —Isak Dinesen
- Listen like an uncle —Herbert Gold
- Listen … like snakes to a charmer’s flute —Jan de Hartog
- Mind jumps from one thing to another like drops of water bouncing off a larded pan when you test whether the griddle is hot enough to pour the pancake batter in —John Hagge
- My mind wanders like smoke —Clifford Odets
- Pricked up his ears like two railroad signals —Lewis Carroll
- [Poets] receive the same care as xylophones and equestrian statues —Delmore Schwartz
- Seems not to listen to her words, but rather watches her forming them … like some fervent anthropologist —William Boyd
- Snaps to attention like a thumb —Irving Feldman
- (He tried to apply his mind to the work he was doing but his) thoughts fluttered desperately, like moths in a trap —W. Somerset Maugham
- The words bounced off Harry, like pebbles skipped on water —Paul Kuttner
- (So scatter-brained that) words went by him like the wind —Louisa May Alcott
If you give someone or something your attention, you look at them, listen to them, or think about them carefully.
You can also say that someone pays attention to something.
Don't say that someone 'pays attention at' something.
|Noun||1.||attention - the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others|
basic cognitive process - cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge
attentiveness, heed, paying attention, regard - paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people); "his attentiveness to her wishes"; "he spends without heed to the consequences"
clock-watching - paying excessive attention to the clock (in anticipation of stopping work)
ear - attention to what is said; "he tried to get her ear"
eye - attention to what is seen; "he tried to catch her eye"
notice, observance, observation - the act of noticing or paying attention; "he escaped the notice of the police"
notice - polite or favorable attention; "his hard work soon attracted the teacher's notice"
inattention - lack of attention
|2.||attention - the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something; "no medical care was required"; "the old car needs constant attention"|
hair care, haircare, hairdressing - care for the hair: the activity of washing or cutting or curling or arranging the hair
work - activity directed toward making or doing something; "she checked several points needing further work"
maternalism - motherly care; behavior characteristic of a mother; the practice of acting as a mother does toward her children
baby sitting, babysitting - the work of a baby sitter; caring for children when their parents are not home
pet sitting - the work of a pet sitter; caring for pets in their own home while their owners are away from home
dental care - care for the teeth
first aid - emergency care given before regular medical aid can be obtained
treatment, intervention - care provided to improve a situation (especially medical procedures or applications that are intended to relieve illness or injury)
incubation - maintaining something at the most favorable temperature for its development
livery - the care (feeding and stabling) of horses for pay
manicure - professional care for the hands and fingernails
pedicure - professional care for the feet and toenails
nourishment - the act of nourishing; "her nourishment of the orphans saved many lives"
nursing - the work of caring for the sick or injured or infirm
nurturance - physical and emotional care and nourishment
personal care - care for someone who is disabled or is otherwise unable to care for themselves; can including bathing and cooking and managing bodily functions
tree surgery - treatment of damaged or decaying trees
|3.||attention - a general interest that leads people to want to know more; "She was the center of attention"|
attractive feature, magnet, attractor, attracter, attraction - a characteristic that provides pleasure and attracts; "flowers are an attractor for bees"
|4.||attention - a courteous act indicating affection; "she tried to win his heart with her many attentions"|
courtesy - a courteous or respectful or considerate act
|5.||attention - the faculty or power of mental concentration; "keeping track of all the details requires your complete attention"|
mental note - special attention with intent to remember; "he made a mental note to send her flowers"
|6.||attention - a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review; "the troops stood at attention"|
stance - standing posture
(your) attention please! → ¡atención por favor!
to attract sb's attention → llamar la atención de algn
to call or draw sb's attention to sth → hacer notar algo a algn
it has come to my attention that → me he enterado de que ...
it requires daily attention → hay que atenderlo a diario
it will have my earliest attention → lo atenderé lo antes posible
for the attention of Mr. Jones → a la atención del Sr. Jones
to pay attention (to) → prestar atención (a)
he paid no attention → no hizo caso (to that de eso) to pay special attention to → fijarse de modo especial en, prestar especial atención a
to turn one's attention to → pasar a considerar, pasar a estudiar
to come to attention → ponerse firme(s)
to stand at or to attention → estar firme(s)
it has come to my attention that ... → je constate que ...
to pay attention to → faire attention à
He didn't pay attention to what I was saying → Il ne faisait pas attention à ce que je disais.
to hold sb's attention → retenir l'attention de qn
to need medical attention → avoir besoin de soins médicaux
to draw sb's attention to sth → attirer l'attention de qn sur qch
to attract sb's attention → attirer l'attention de qn
to catch sb's attention → attirer l'attention de qn
for the attention of (in letter, memo) → à l'attention de
His attention span is limited
BUT Il n'arrive pas à se concentrer très longtemps.
to call sb's attention to sth → richiamare qc all'attenzione di qn
it has come to my attention that ... → sono venuto a conoscenza (del fatto) che...
to pay attention (to) → stare attento/a (a), fare attenzione (a)
for the attention of (Admin) → all'attenzione di