Use the adjective attentive to describe someone who is alert and paying attention: “Attentive observers of the play used clues given in the first scenes of the play to guess the identity of the murderer.”

  • Pronunciation: / 'pɔːsɪtɪ/
  • English description: taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention
  • Synonyms: heedful
  • Chinese Translation: 注意的(zhu4 yi4 de)
  • Spanish Translation: atento
  • ORIGIN: You probably notice that the word attentive looks a lot like the noun attention. It’s easy to remember how to use attentive when you know that the words share related meanings. Use the adjective attentive to describe someone who is full of attention, watching and listening carefully, such as an attentive student who takes great notes and asks questions when something isn't clear.


  • The crowd of 150 persons, while respectful and attentive, displayed little emotion.
  • They asserted that Redstone was alert and attentive and capable of discussing business matters.

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