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 for attention
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Attention \At*ten"tion\, 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.
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              They say the tongues of dying men
              Enforce attention like deep harmony.  --Shak.
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     Note: 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.
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     2. An act of civility or courtesy; care for the comfort and
        pleasure of others; as, attentions paid to a stranger.
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     To pay attention to, To pay one's attentions to, to be
        courteous or attentive to; to wait upon as a lover; to
        court.
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     Syn: Care; heed; study; consideration; application;
          advertence; respect; regard.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  attention
      n 1: the process whereby a person concentrates on some features
           of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
           [syn: attention, attending] [ant: inattention]
      2: the work of providing treatment for or attending to someone
         or something; "no medical care was required"; "the old car
         needs constant attention" [syn: care, attention, aid,
         tending]
      3: a general interest that leads people to want to know more;
         "She was the center of attention"
      4: a courteous act indicating affection; "she tried to win his
         heart with her many attentions"
      5: the faculty or power of mental concentration; "keeping track
         of all the details requires your complete attention"
      6: a motionless erect stance with arms at the sides and feet
         together; assumed by military personnel during drill or
         review; "the troops stood at attention"

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  115 Moby Thesaurus words for "attention":
     NB, TLC, absorption, acclaim, act of courtesy, acuity, acuteness,
     agility, alertness, amenity, anticipation, application, assiduity,
     attentions, attentiveness, audibility, audience, audition,
     aural examination, aural sense, auscultation, awareness, benignity,
     brightness, bugging, care, carefulness, caution, circumspection,
     circumspectness, civility, cognizance, concentration, concern,
     conference, consciousness, considerateness, consideration,
     courtesy, debate, deference, deliberation, devoirs, diligence,
     distinction, duties, eager attention, ear, eavesdropping, egards,
     electronic surveillance, engrossment, examination by ear, favor,
     favorable attention, forethought, gallantry, graceful gesture,
     hearing, heed, heedfulness, heeding, homage, honor,
     hushed attention, immersion, industry, intentness, interview,
     keenness, kindliness, limelight, listening, listening in,
     loving care, mark, mind, mindfulness, nimbleness, note, notice,
     notoriety, observance, observation, polite act, preparedness,
     prominence, promptitude, promptness, publicity, punctuality,
     quickness, rapt attention, readiness, regard, regardfulness,
     regards, remark, respects, reverence, sedulity, sedulousness,
     sense of hearing, sensibility, sharpness, sleeplessness, smartness,
     solicitude, study, tender loving care, thoughtfulness, tryout,
     urbanity, wakefulness, wiretapping
  
  

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