From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:
1. The act or state of attending or heeding; the application of the mind to any object of sense, representation, or thought; notice; exclusive or special consideration; earnest consideration, thought, or regard; obedient or affectionate heed; the supposed power or faculty of attending.
Note: Attention is consciousness and something more. It is consciousness voluntarily applied, under its law of limitations, to some determinate object; it is consciousness concentrated. --Sir W. Hamilton.
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
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