US: /əˈtɛnʃən/
UK: /ɐtˈɛnʃən/

English Vietnamese dictionary

attention /ə'tenʃn/
  • danh từ
    • sự chú ý
      • to pay attention to: chú ý tới
      • to attract attention: lôi cuốn sự chú ý
    • sự chăm sóc
      • to receive attention at a hospital: được chăm sóc điều trị tại một bệnh viện
    • (số nhiều) sự ân cần, sự chu đáo với ai
      • to show attentions to somebody: ân cần chu đáo với ai
    • (quân sự) tư thế đứng nghiêm
      • Attention!: nghiêm!
      • to come to (stand at) attention: đứng nghiêm
    • to pay attention
      • (xem) pay

Advanced English dictionary

noun, exclamation
+ noun
listening / looking carefully
1 [U] the act of listening to, looking at or thinking about sth/sb carefully: the report's attention to detail + He turned his attention back to the road again. + Small children have a very short attention span. + Please pay attention (= listen carefully) to what I am saying. + Don't pay any attention to what they say (= don't think that it is important). + She tried to attract the waiter's attention. + I tried not to draw attention to (= make people notice) the weak points in my argument. + An article in the newspaper caught my attention. + I couldn't give the programme my undivided attention. + (formal) It has come to my attention (= I have been informed) that ... + (formal) He called (their) attention to the fact that many files were missing. + (formal, spoken) Can I have your attention please?
2 [U] interest that people show in sb/sth: Films with big stars always attract great attention. + As the youngest child, she was always the centre of attention.
3 [C, usually pl.] things that sb does to try to please you or to show their interest in you: She tried to escape the unwanted attentions of her former boyfriend.
4 [U] special care, action or treatment: She was in need of medical attention. + The roof needs attention (= needs to be repaired). + for the attention of ... (= written on the envelope of an official letter to say who should deal with it)
5 [U] the position soldiers take when they stand very straight with their feet together and their arms at their sides: to stand at / to attention
Compare: (stand) at ease at EASE n.
+ exclamation
1 used for asking people to listen to sth that is being announced: Attention, please! Passengers for flight KL412 are requested to go to gate 21 immediately.
2 used for ordering soldiers to stand to attention

Thesaurus dictionary

1 heed, regard, notice; concentration:
Please give your attention to the teacher. Pay attention! Don't let your attention wander.
2 publicity, notice, distinction, acclaim, prominence, réclame, notoriety; limelight:
She seems to have been getting a lot of attention lately.

Collocation dictionary

1 act of watching/listening/showing interest


full, rapt, undivided
They listened with rapt attention.
| assiduous, careful, close, meticulous, scrupulous | scant
Policy-makers paid scant attention to the wider issues.
| urgent | special | unwanted, unwelcome | international, media, public


devote, direct, give (sb/sth), pay, turn
How many times do I have to ask you to pay attention? He had a cup of tea and then turned his attention to the report.
| get, have, receive
Can I have your attention, please? These poems have received a lot of critical attention.
| attract, call, capture, catch, command, compel, draw, excite, grab
I tried to attract the waiter's attention. Wherever he goes, he commands attention. She doesn't like to draw attention to her illness.
| deflect, distract, divert, draw
The government is trying to divert attention away from the economy.
| hold, keep, rivet
There was something in the way he spoke that riveted her attention.
| concentrate, confine, focus
In this chapter we shall confine our attention to non-renewable energy sources.
| refocus, transfer
The firm decided to refocus its attention back onto its traditional strengths and expertise.
| deserve, need, require
a matter requiring urgent attention
| jostle for, vie for
dozens of concerns jostling for your attention She was surrounded by men all vying for her attention.
| repay
an interesting essay that repays close attention
| bring sth to
My boss was grateful that I had brought the matter to his attention.
| come to | avoid, escape
Her primary aim was to avoid the attentions of the newspapers.


Media attention focused today on the prince's business affairs.
| wander
I felt my attention wandering during the lecture.




for sb's ~, for the ~ of
a letter for the attention of your doctor


attention to detail
He is a designer known for his meticulous attention to detail.
| care and attention
He was convicted of driving without due care and attention.
| the centre of attention
Some children love being the centre of attention.
| the focus of attention
The focus of attention must now be how to improve the economy.
| force your attentions on sb
A man like Luke had no need to force his attentions on unwilling women.
| not pay much attention to sth, pay little/no attention to sth
(= not take something very seriously)Pay no attention to what Bill said?he's a complete liar!

2 care


constant | individual, personal, special
The child needs special attention.
| medical


devote, give, lavish
He devoted all his attention to his mother. She lavishes attention on those silly little dogs.
| be in need of, need, require, want
a patient requiring attention

Concise English dictionary

+the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
+the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone or something
+a general interest that leads people to want to know more
+a courteous act indicating affection
+the faculty or power of mental concentration
+a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet together; assumed by military personnel during drill or review