at·ten·tive | \ə-ˈten-tiv \

Definition of attentive 

1 : mindful, observant attentive to what he is doing

2 : heedful of the comfort of others : solicitous an attentive waitress

3 : offering attentions in or as if in the role of a suitor an attentive boyfriend

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Other Words from attentive

attentively adverb
attentiveness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for attentive


alert, Argus-eyed, awake, observant, open-eyed, vigilant, watchful, wide-awake



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Examples of attentive in a Sentence

The hospital is proud of its attentive staff. Our waiter was very attentive.

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Patients consistently report her staff as being attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. Karlie Brand,, "8 reasons you’ll wish this dentist was yours," 11 July 2018 Jamie says that her father was an ardent family man, attentive, affectionate, an unending didact who crammed his kids with poetry, music, Hebrew lessons. David Denby, The New Yorker, "Leonard Bernstein Through His Daughter’s Eyes," 16 June 2018 As attentive as Edwards was to the honorees, the crowd was equally enthusiastic to hear the points the former ESPN personality was making. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "ASU's Herm Edwards shares positive message with coaches, athletes," 11 June 2018 Bachelorette foibles aside, Becca is attentive, interested, and just chill enough to put her suitors at ease. Rebecca Farley,, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 2 Recap: Are We Human Or Are We Model?," 5 June 2018 Rocha was attentive to form while Buchanan caught each throw in a mitt with the ease and rhythm of a pizza dough twirler. Sophia Kercher,, "Jab, hook and punch — before you pound some pasta," 6 July 2018 Trump, egged on by the cooperative Doocy, sounded off on the inspector general's report on the 2016 election, how attentive North Koreans are to Kim Jong Un and, well, lots and lots of other stuff. 1. Chris Cillizza, CNN, "The 49 wildest quotes from Donald Trump's bananas interview with Fox News," 15 June 2018 Symptoms to be attentive for include dizziness, headaches, tinnitus, fatigue, cognitive issues, visual problems, ear complaints and hearing loss, and difficulty sleeping. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "US pulls two more from Cuba amid puzzling health cases now affecting China," 11 June 2018 The defendants will surely reject that portrayal and contend that the personnel were attentive and acted responsibly in light of the circumstances. Michael Mccann,, "Examining the Zeke Upshaw Wrongful Death Lawsuit Against the NBA," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of attentive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for attentive

see attend

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English Language Learners Definition of attentive

: thinking about or watching something carefully : paying careful attention to something

: very concerned about the needs of others


at·ten·tive | \ə-ˈten-tiv \

Kids Definition of attentive

1 : paying attention an attentive listener

2 : very thoughtful about the needs of others Mama was cordial and attentive to everyone, as if entertaining them gave her a purpose.— Pam Muñoz Ryan, Esperanza Rising

Other Words from attentive

attentively adverb listened attentively
attentiveness noun

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