1 act of watching/listening/showing interest
full, rapt, undivided

They listened with rapt attention.

careful, close, meticulous, scrupulous, serious
insufficient, little, scant

Policy-makers paid scant attention to the wider issues.


The issue of climate change has received considerable attention in recent times.

extra, particular, special

Please pay extra attention to what I'm about to tell you.

constant, sustained

She attracts constant media attention.

unwanted, unwelcome
international, national, worldwide
critical, media, public, scholarly

His music deserves more scholarly attention.

devote, direct, give (sb/sth), pay

How many times do I have to ask you to pay attention?

gain, garner (esp. AmE), get, have, receive

Can I have your attention, please?

These poems have received a lot of critical attention.

attract, call, capture, catch, command, compel, demand, draw, 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 confine our attention to non-renewable energy sources.

refocus, shift, transfer, turn

The company decided to refocus its attention back onto its traditional strengths and expertise.

He then turned his attention to the report.

deserve, merit, need, require, warrant

a matter requiring urgent attention

compete for, jostle for, vie for

dozens of concerns jostling for your attention

She was surrounded by men all vying for her attention.


an interesting essay that repays close attention

bring sth to

My boss was grateful that I had brought the matter to her 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.

shift, turn

Attention has now shifted to the presidential elections.

drift, drift off, wander

I felt my attention wandering during the lecture.

for sb's attention

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

It 's clear that a great deal of care and attention was put into the movie sets.

He was convicted of driving without due care and attention. (BrE, law)

the centre/center of attention

Some children love being the centre/center 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 attention to sth, pay no attention to sth (= not take something very seriously)

Pay no attention to what Bill said—he's a liar!

2 care
individual, personal, special

The child needs special attention.


His injuries required immediate attention.

devote, give, lavish

He devoted all his attention to his mother.

She lavishes attention on those silly little dogs.

be in need of, demand, need, require, want

a patient requiring attention

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