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.”

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.

Definitions of attentive
  1. adjective

    taking heed; giving close and thoughtful attention

    heedful, paying attention, thoughtful
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    heedless, unheeding

    marked by or paying little heed or attention
    careless, regardless

    (usually followed by `of’) without due thought or consideration
    deaf, indifferent

    (usually followed by `to’) unwilling or refusing to pay heed
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  2. adjective

    (often followed by `to’) giving care or attention

    attentive to details”
    “the nurse was
    attentive to her patient”
    attentive suitor”

    absorbed, captive, engrossed, enwrapped, intent, wrapped

    giving or marked by complete attention to
    advertent, heedful

    giving attention

    paying close attention especially to details

    excessively solicitous

    showing hovering attentiveness

    feeling or showing worry or solicitude
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    showing a lack of attention or care
    absent, absentminded, abstracted, scatty

    lost in thought; showing preoccupation
    distracted, distrait

    having the attention diverted especially because of anxiety
    dreamy, moony, woolgathering

    dreamy in mood or nature
    drowsy, oscitant, yawning

    showing lack of attention or boredom
    forgetful, oblivious

    failing to keep in mind

    marked by lack of attention or consideration or forethought or thoroughness; not careful

    characterized by neglect and undue lack of concern
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