pay attention


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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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It was the negligence of the driver as he didn't pay attention to the traffic.
The findings revealed that the levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone in your system have no impact on your working memory, cognitive bias or ability to pay attention to two things at once.
They didn't pay attention when the Baltimore Sun published an investigative report on the city's police department in 2014 and found that in four years, beginning in 2011, it had paid out about $5.
But before you get there, you have to pay attention.
Three other patients reacted to novel but irrelevant words but could not pay attention to the focus words.
Simply pay attention to what you desire, Detach from the outcome of this process, Do this for a few minutes before opening your eyes slowly.
Many newspapers in Yemen don't pay attention to cultural issues," Al-Moqri said.
issues (With photos) CAIRO, April 15 (KUNA) -- President of the Voluntary Work Center in Kuwait Sheikha Amthal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah urged here on Sunday Muslim scholars to pay attention to the issue of environment, pointing out that Islam advocates the preservation of the environment.
Mancini said: "Mario should pay attention and he should be clever.
Agri Forum Pakistan Chairman, Muhammad Ibrahim Mughal has advised the government to pay attention towards increasing the agricultural production and value addition to bridge the gap between imports and exports.
Please ask people who know better to pay attention to the horses rather than the spectators.
Maybe we have to pay attention to them because nobody spoke about Aston Villa in the top four but now we have to pay attention to this team.
Also, you must pay attention to cars in other nearby lanes.
Profiles of Proust and whitman, as well as of George Eliot, Auguste Escoffier, Paul Cezanne, Igor Stravinsky, Gertrude Stein, and Virginia Woolf, add up to a plea for scientists to pay attention to the arts.