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[uh-tent] /əˈtɛnt/
adjective, Archaic.
attentive; intent.
Origin of attent
1275-1325; Middle English < Latin attentus attentive (past participle of attendere), equivalent to atten(d)- (see attend) + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
attently, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • It wasn't the rust streaking the car's sides and trunk that grabbed her attent ion.
  • Risk adjustment is an important topic that demands serious attent ion.
  • She chose this major intending eventually to attent law school.
  • They followed snow plows to remote areas to reach people that needed medical attent ion.
  • Children will seek both positive and negative attent ion to meet their needs.
  • For this reason, readers should pay particular attent ion to the wording of statements about the data to avoid misinterpretations.
Word Origin and History for attent

late 15c., "attentive," from Latin attentus, past participle of attendere (see attend). As a noun, "intention, aim" (early 13c.), from Old French atente "act of attending," from fem. of Latin attentus.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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