1 : the act or power of carefully thinking about, listening to, or watching someone or something
We focused our attention on this particular poem.
My attention wasn't really on the game.
The game was boring and my attention began to wander. [=I was losing interest in the game and started thinking about other things]
— often + to
Her job requires careful attention to detail.
You need to pay more attention to the teacher.
Don't pay any attention to what the other kids say. [=ignore what the other kids say]
(US) Lately she's been focusing her attentions on making sales.
◊ This sense is sometimes used as an interjection.
Attention, please! [=please give me your attention]
2 [noncount] : notice, interest, or awareness
She likes all the attention she is getting from the media/press.
The actor avoids drawing attention to himself.
The book has received/attracted national attention.
3 [noncount] : special care or treatment
Be sure the dog gets plenty of attention.
The house is in good shape, but the porch needs some attention.
The victim needed immediate medical attention.
4 attentions [plural] : acts of kindness, care, or courtesy : acts that show affection or admiration for someone
She found his attentions flattering.
She has been receiving unwanted attentions from a coworker.
5 [noncount] : the way a soldier stands with the body stiff and straight, the feet together, and both arms at the sides — often used as a command