pay attention (to someone or something)

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pay attention (to someone or something)

To be attentive to, become aware of, or be responsive (to someone or something). My father never paid attention to the financial burden his gambling was creating until it was too late. You need to start paying attention to your kids, or you won't have a relationship with them when they're grown up. Pay attention, Mark—there will be a quiz on this material at the end of the week!
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pay attention (to someone or something)

to give attention (to someone or something). Please pay attention to the teacher. Max always pays careful attention to what is being told to him.
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pay attention

Heed, be attentive to, as in Now pay attention to these instructions. [Second half of 1700s]
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Philip was playing on the floor of his mother's bed-room, and neither of the ladies paid attention to him.
The soldiers forming the picket line, like showmen exhibiting a curiosity, no longer looked at the French but paid attention to the sight-seers and grew weary waiting to be relieved.
Faris Yakob; PAID ATTENTION; Kogan Page (Nonfiction: Business & Economics) 24.95 ISBN: 9780749473600
They also paid attention in 1968, when in response to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., almost four days of rioting left six people dead, 700 injured and approximately 1,000 businesses destroyed.
Rulers kept abusing army, rulers and had paid attention to jangla bus and not on the people whereas Inqilab March has created awareness among the people throughout the country.
"We paid attention to recent media reports on presence of the Kazakhstani "volunteers" at the Slovyansk protests.
Under some conditions the subjects paid attention to whether the situation was painful, while in other conditions they paid attention to other aspects of the images.
No one was aware of the port deal until Schumer--who had been tipped off by a source in the shipping industry--held a press conference, and another, and another until the press corps finally paid attention. As for Schumer, he popped up in news reports about the deal, but almost always as a "critic of the administration," not as the initiator of the entire episode.
"While reviewing the plans for the MKs [Compass and Patriot] we paid attention to the details to the point of having Eric Ridenour"--Chrysler Group's COO--"looking at some of the fasteners on the product." The road ahead will be even more difficult to traverse, especially since most of the traditional low-hanging fruit that plagued quality scores--powertrain malfunctions, electrical problems and poor fit-and-finish--have mostly been rectified.
But when I went to shows I paid attention. I watched what the bands did, how they worked it, the merchandise sales, everything.
People who have paid attention to documentaries over the past twenty years know who Morris is and what kind of impact his films can have.
Amachi is a West African word for "Who knows what God has brought us through this child." "Many people for a long time have paid attention to inmates, but it's been only a few years where people have paid attention to their children," said former Philadelphia Mayor Wilson Goode.
Employees who had a proactive strategy for reducing what they paid attention to reported an increased ability to work on what matters with no significant decrease in loyalty or understanding of company priorities.
By virtue of these performance measures and measurement systems, CEOs made it clear to their employees that what they paid attention to were higher income and lower costs.