at·​ten·​tive | \ ə-ˈten-tiv How to pronounce attentive (audio) \

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

Examples of attentive in a Sentence

The hospital is proud of its attentive staff. Our waiter was very attentive.
Recent Examples on the Web The 6-week-old cub, named for the Cal Fire mascot Captain Cal, has made steady progress under the attentive care of the zoo’s veterinarians, though his survival is not yet certain. Nora Mishanec,, "The singed whiskers of the climate crisis: Rescued cub still fighting for life at Oakland Zoo," 8 Oct. 2020 There is no way to manually select gears for the eight-speed automatic transmission, nor is there any obvious need to with the system software working as unobtrusively as an attentive valet. Mike Duff, Car and Driver, "2021 Rolls-Royce Ghost Marks an Opulent Evolution," 23 Sep. 2020 Musicians can reach an attentive audience to advertise merch or promote upcoming projects. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "How do music festivals adapt to a pandemic? They Fest in Place, of course," 18 Sep. 2020 And in the Twin Cities, attentive listeners report hearing urban coyotes engaging in call-and-response vocalizations with sirens. Pamela Miller, Star Tribune, "Why do Minnesota coyotes howl when trains go by?," 11 Sep. 2020 In January, be diligent about your work and attentive to your obligations. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive, "Horoscope for Sept. 25, 2020: Taurus, home holds your heart; Scorpio, think outside the box," 25 Sep. 2020 The findings support calls for the automaker to take more steps to keep drivers attentive, for their own safety, the researchers said. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, "Despite warnings from Tesla, Autopilot drivers still aren't paying enough attention, study finds," 24 Sep. 2020 Romance scammers are very attentive and keep in almost constant contact. Melissa Ramsey, Houston Chronicle, "BBB on Seniors: Love in a pandemic: Watch for scams," 17 Sep. 2020 Few paintings seem as alive, as switched on, as attentive to you. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "A painting that dares to stare back at you," 16 Sep. 2020

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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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16 Oct 2020

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“Attentive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce attentive (audio)

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 How to pronounce attentive (audio) \

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

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