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Related to attention: attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, attention deficit disorder, Selective attention, ATTN
A derogatory term for someone who seeks attention in desperate, obvious, or inappropriate ways. Although it is gender neutral, it is more often used against women. Why do you always act that way at parties? It's like you're an attention whore or something.
bring (something) to (one's) attention
To inform one of something. I think you need to bring Mark's complaint to the boss' attention, in case it becomes an issue later. Thank you for bringing that to our attention. We appreciate your feedback.
call attention to (someone or something)
To draw others' awareness to someone or something. I know you were trying to sneak into the meeting, but you really called attention to yourself when you knocked over that chair. That garish new paint color really calls attention to all the imperfections in the walls.
call (one) to attention
To instruct military personnel to stand at attention (which, in most cases, means looking forward and standing erect with one's arms at one's sides). The troops abruptly stopped marching when the drill sergeant called them to attention.
the center of attention
The main focus of people's interest or attention. This phrase sometimes has a negative connotation when it refers to one who pursues or seems to crave attention. My little sister always has to be the center of attention, so of course her drama overshadowed my birthday party. And in this corner of the room, a gorgeous, three-tiered cake will be the center of attention.
come to (one's) attention
To be noticed by one; to enter one's awareness. In this usage, a noun or pronoun is used between "to" and "attention." Once the employee's complaint of mistreatment came to my attention, I knew I had to address it right away.
come to attention
Of military personnel, to stand at attention (which, in most cases, means looking forward and standing erect with one's arms at one's sides). When they heard the drill sergeant's call, the troops abruptly stopped marching and came to attention.
direct (one's) attention to (someone or something)
To focus on someone or something. And if you'll direct your attention to the docent, she'll start you on your tour of the art museum. When the lights in the theater dimmed, we knew to direct our attention to the stage.
draw (something) to (someone's) attention
To inform someone of something. Oh, I'll draw your misconduct to your supervisor's attention, don't you worry. Don't forget to draw the leak to the landlord's attention.
draw attention to (oneself, someone, or something)
To induce people to look at or focus on oneself, someone, or something. Because Alison was late, she crept into the conference room quietly, in an attempt to avoid drawing attention to herself. I put the blanket there strategically to avoid drawing attention to the stain on the couch.
bring someone or something to someone's attention
to make someone aware of someone or something. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I am grateful for your bringing her to my attention.
bring something to someone's attention
to make someone aware of something; to mention or show something to someone. I would like to bring this problem to your attention. If there is something I should know about, please bring it to my attention.
call attention to someone or something
to cause someone, including oneself, or something to be noticed or observed. I think he dresses like that simply to call attention to himself.
call someone's attention to somethingand call something to someone's attention
to bring something to someone's notice; to make someone recognize some fact. May I call your attention to the sign on the door? He called to our attention the notice on the wall.
call someone to attention
to demand that someone assume the formal military stance of attention. The officer called the platoon to attention. The sergeant called us to attention.
center of attention
the focus of people's attention; the thing or person who monopolizes people's attention. She had a way of making herself the center of attention wherever she went.
come to attention
to assume a formal military posture, standing very straight. Almost immediately, the soldiers came to attention.
come to someone's attentionand come to someone's notice
to be told to, revealed to, or discovered by someone. It has come to my attention that you are not following the rules. Your comments have just come to my notice.
direct someone's attention to someone or something
to focus someone's regard or concern on someone or something; to cause someone to notice someone or something. May I directyour attention to the young man in the purple costume? The announcer directed our attention to the magician who was coming on stage.
draw someone's attention to someone or something
to attract someone to notice or focus on someone or something. Now, I would like to draw your attention to Fred, the gentleman we have all heard so much about. Could I draw your attention to the statue standing at the entrance?
draw something to someone's attention
to make someone aware of something. Please draw this error to the clerk's attention.
grab someone's attentionand get someone's attention; grip someone's attention
Fig. to draw or attract someone's attention. The bright colors on the poster are there to grab your attention. The scary movie gripped my attention.
hold someone's attention
Fig. to keep someone's attention; to keep someone interested. The boring teacher could not hold the students' attention. The mystery novel held my attention and I couldn't put it down.
pay attention (to someone or something)
to give attention (to someone or something). Please pay attention to the teacher. Max always pays careful attention to what is being told to him.
rivet someone's attention
Fig. to keep someone's attention fixed [on something]. The movie riveted the audience's attention. Professor Jones's lecture riveted the students' attention.
spring to attention
to move quickly to assume the military posture of attention. The recruit sprang to attention.
Heed, be attentive to, as in Now pay attention to these instructions. [Second half of 1700s]
get/have somebody’s undivided atˈtention(often humorous) receive somebody’s full attention: I’ll just finish writing this sentence, and then you can have my undivided attention.
snap to (attention)
in. to come to attention; to look alert immediately. When they realized what was happening, they began to snap to.