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At*ten"tion (&unr_;), 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 Shak.
Enforce attention like deep harmony.
&hand_; 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. Hamilton.
2. An act of civility or courtesy; care for the comfort and pleasure of others; as, attentions paid to a stranger.
To pay attention to, To pay one's attentions to, to be courteous or attentive to; to wait upon as a lover; to court.
Syn. -- Care; heed; study; consideration; application; advertence; respect; regard.