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 Roscoe’s nephrologist, an older Iranian man, is among his more attentive physicians. Han Ong, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 When introducing a new plant into your space, quarantine for at least one to two weeks and be attentive. Claire Reid, Los Angeles Times, 10 Aug. 2021 Drivers are supposed to be attentive and keep their hands on the wheel. Matt Mcfarland, CNN, 29 June 2021 Gonzalez wants his team to be more effective in the build-up and more attentive at the back. Dallas News, 21 May 2021 Its staff is kind and attentive, quick to top off your coffee if your mug is anything but full. Soleil Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 Other than attentive and informed management, what can be done to keep the pipeline from turning into a wish list? Paul Talbot, Forbes, 15 Sep. 2021 The irony at the film’s center is that the witch provides Alex with a more attentive and appreciative audience for his work than his parents or his peers. Scott Tobias, Variety, 15 Sep. 2021 My multi-person service at Grille on Main was attentive and pleasant, but not heavy-handed or clingy. Matt Wake |, al, 11 Sep. 2021

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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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“Attentive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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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 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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