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attentive

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1 having the mind fixed on something
  • Susan became particularly attentive when the sportscaster turned to women's tennis, her favorite sport

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2 given to or made with heedful anticipation of the needs and happiness of others
  • an attentive neighbor who helps out whenever and wherever she spots a need

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3 paying close attention usually for the purpose of anticipating approaching danger or opportunity
  • if only for your own safety, you need to stay attentive when you are hunting

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“Attentive.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/attentive. Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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