excite the attention

See: engage, occupy
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But it was the destiny of this great prince to excite the attention and admiration of the public in a very modified degree wherever he might be.
A market hall in Dakar, a series of high-rise apartments in Lusaka and a fleet of green buses in Johannesburg might not be the kind of big-ticket projects that usually excite the attention of international investors.
And yet, we saw in Seattle that when tens of thousands of men and women fill the streets and halt the normal flow of business and march with colorful banners and giant puppets and an infectious enthusiasm, they can break through the barriers of the corporate media and excite the attention of people all over the country and around the world.