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attentive (adj) very carefully watching and listening to something; take care of, or attend to, the needs (of visitors, guests, patients, etc.).

To listen carefully and with attention to, or to watch carefully and with attention, something is to be attentive. In the class the right type of students are very attentive to what their teacher does or says. When the chairperson speaks, the shareholders are attentive, that is, they listen to them carefully. When something interesting is happening we watch and listen carefully, that is we are attentive. When an interesting story is being told, children are very attentive. When we look to the needs of guests and visitors carefully, we are attentive to them. Nurses should be attentive to patients, hospital staff to their guests, etc..

  • The soldiers were very attentive and listened carefully as their officer explained to them how to carry on the very important and risky operation.
  • The hotel, in spite of being expensive, has earned a good reputation for service because its sincere and competent staff is very attentive to the guests.
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