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 Mimi may not have come up with her bewitchingly attentive social style by herself. Mimi Read, Southern Living, "Designer Celerie Kemble Celebrates Her Mother's Wisdom, Grace, and Southern Charm," 14 Apr. 2020 Even under normal working conditions, 22% of patients with serious illness say hospital staff was not attentive to their needs, while 18% reported getting conflicting information from hospital staff, according to a 2018 Commonwealth Fund report. Liz Szabo, USA TODAY, "Shortage of palliative care in the US could amplify suffering for coronavirus patients," 26 Mar. 2020 Amir stayed beside his mother, attentive but not overly concerned, and looked forward to the upcoming Persian New Year, or Nowruz, celebration. Anna Bauman,, "She was the last person they thought could have coronavirus — and the first to die in Bay Area," 26 Mar. 2020 Extremely smart and attentive, this energetic lady has already learned so much while in the shelter but would love to continue with her training to help keep her mind active and healthy. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Juliann and more pets up for adoption in Phoenix-area shelters this week," 1 May 2020 My doctor, Jose Sandoval, MD, who is incredibly thorough and attentive. Alison Medley, Houston Chronicle, "11 things that helped this Houston woman battle the symptoms of COVID-19," 3 Apr. 2020 At the checkpoint in San Juan Parangaricutiro, the vigilantes are calm but attentive. Mark Stevenson,, "Avocados – ‘green gold’ for Mexico farmers – bring both riches and violence to country," 23 Oct. 2019 Sited at local clubs Ole Bull Scene and Underlig, the event fostered a spirit of genuine collaboration with Norwegian musicians to an enthusiastic and attentive local audience. Paul Sexton, Billboard, "How U.K. & U.S. Artists Are Fueling the Norwegian Americana Scene," 12 Sep. 2019 Someone close will be attentive to your needs and desires. oregonlive, "Horoscope for Feb. 14, 2020: Gemini, yearn for romance; Aquarius, powerful allies join your side," 14 Feb. 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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29 May 2020

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“Attentive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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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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