occupy the attention

See: interest
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The place was large enough to afford half an hour's strolling without the monotony of treading continually the same path; and, for those who love to peruse the annals of graveyards, here was variety of inscription enough to occupy the attention for double or treble that space of time.
As Kabbalah and Hasidism continue to attract the attention of both scholars and nonscholars alike in the study of Judaism and the study of religion more generally, and as questions regarding boundaries between scholars and their subject continue to occupy the attention of scholars and their readers, Weiss' work is arguably more relevant today than it was when he was alive.
The Egyptian's ability and influence in the final third does enough to occupy the attention of central-defenders which would in turn place Dybala in the No.10 role the space he needs to impact the game.
Old Firm punters love a fight over finances and with no football to occupy the attention, it's the bank balances in the firing line.
A fidget cube is a tiny plastic cube covered in things to occupy the attention o f even the most habitual of finger tappers - although admittedly they obviously didn't pull an allnighter coming up with the name.
As ISIS, Iran and Greece occupy the attention of the Western world, China marches forward, except now it is not just building its economy but also a new geopolitics in Asia.
Another trend expected to occupy the attention of food retailers in the months ahead is the rise of the male shopper, according to a study released this month from consumer research firm The Hartman Group and food marketing agency MSLGROUP with the title "Food Shopping in America 2014."
In fact, there is every reason to use the analogy from smoking and to warn legislators that "divorce is dangerous to the health of the nation," or "divorce kills society." I do hope that all the proposed bills legalizing divorce will end up in the "circular file." There are numerous more constructive bills, such as the competition law or anti-dynasty bill, that should occupy the attention of the legislators.
in the eveand might occupy the attention of the participants.
Inevitably inadequate - one idea being toyed with is recognition of a Palestinian state in provisional borders that might encompass around 50% of the West Bank - it will nonetheless occupy the attention of the international community, and perhaps even derail the new Palestinian strategy.
According to Bend, Oregon-based MORTECH LLC's Interim MORTECH 2010 Report, released in October, regulatory concerns and federalization of product standards occupy the attention of mortgage lenders--particularly larger lenders.
Although other sub-disciplinary fields have appeared, such as the philosophies of biology and--more recently--chemistry, few would deny that it is the physical sciences which continue to occupy the attention of the majority of philosophers of science.