At*ten"tion (?), n. [L. attentio:
cf. F. attention.] 1. The act or state of
attending or heeding; the application of the mind to any object of sense,
representation, or thought; notice; exclusive or special consideration;
earnest consideration, thought, or regard; obedient or affectionate heed;
the supposed power or faculty of attending.
They say the tongues of dying men
Enforce attention like deep harmony.
☞ Attention is consciousness and something more. It is
consciousness voluntarily applied, under its law of limitations, to some
determinate object; it is consciousness concentrated. Sir W.
2. An act of civility or courtesy; care for the
comfort and pleasure of others; as, attentions paid to a
To pay attention to, To pay one's attentions
to, to be courteous or attentive to; to wait upon as a lover;
Syn. -- Care; heed; study; consideration; application;
advertence; respect; regard.