attentive

adjective
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.

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Listen Actively: The lioness is a generous soul, but remember to withhold judgment and have an attentive ear. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Gemini, Mind Your Money! Here Are June 2019 Horoscopes For All," 6 June 2019 In the illustrations accompanying the text, attentive sales personnel were shown offering customers these traditionally luxurious goods. Djurdja Bartlett, Smithsonian, "When the United States and Soviet Union Fought It Out Over Fashion," 4 June 2019 The moves turned her into the kind of person who makes friends fast—warm and attentive, but serene. Mattie Kahn, Glamour, "Aurora Perrineau Wanted to Be Known as an Actor. Instead, Her Name Got Dragged Into Scandal," 21 May 2019 But in Veep, which kicks off its seventh and final season this Sunday on HBO, his portrayal of Gary Walsh, the over-attentive body man to Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s former V.P. Selina Meyer, he’s... Myles Tanzer, WSJ, "“Veep”’s Tony Hale on Doing Trust Falls With Julia Louis-Dreyfus," 28 Mar. 2019 Becca awards Jean Blanc with the rose for being extra attentive to her. Rebecca Farley, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 14, Episode 2 Recap: Are We Human Or Are We Model?," 5 June 2018 Room rates at the 161-room property start at around $800 per night in the current high season and can expect to dip a bit in Cabo’s summer season. One&Only Palmilla Honeymooner’s looking for extra-attentive service should consider One&Only Palmilla. Mark Rogers, USA TODAY, "Honeymoon guide: Six Los Cabos resorts for couples," 8 May 2018 The experience includes attentive service, high-quality ingredients in the hands of a veteran kitchen and a menu of comfort foods. Houston Chronicle, "Houston's best steakhouses," 10 May 2018 Christopher Wylie blasted the social network on Tuesday as insufficiently attentive to the problems first revealed in the last election. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "On Election Day, the Cambridge Analytica whistleblower is blasting Facebook for still not doing enough," 6 Nov. 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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attentive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of attentive

: thinking about or watching something carefully : paying careful attention to something
: very concerned about the needs of others

attentive

adjective
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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