at·​ten·​tive ə-ˈten-tiv How to pronounce attentive (audio)
: mindful, observant
attentive to what he is doing
: heedful of the comfort of others : solicitous
an attentive waitress
: offering attentions in or as if in the role of a suitor
an attentive boyfriend
attentively adverb
attentiveness noun

Examples of attentive in a Sentence

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


see attend

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of attentive was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Attentive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


at·​ten·​tive ə-ˈtent-iv How to pronounce attentive (audio)
: paying attention
: thoughtful for the welfare or comfort of others : courteous
attentively adverb
attentiveness noun

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