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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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The people in the stands need to pay attention to the game.
Pay attention to the weather, pay attention to weather alerts, pay attention to local warnings.
The minister suggested Chairman PPP to pay attention to poor areas of Sindh.
KARACHI -- Karachi Mayor Wasim Akhtar on Wednesday appealed to the prime minister to pay attention to poor conditions of the city's hospitals which he said faced acute shortage of funds for procurement of medicines and essential items for patients.
Summary: MoI urged the public to always pay attention to the source of the message.
We do not need to pay attention to what the world is saying and should only focus on our own interests," he added.
Afridi added that Pakistan does not need to pay attention to what the world is saying and only focus on its own interests.
Ombudsman Tokon Mamytov is asked to pay attention to the statements of Aziret Jakipbayev, a son of late deputy chief of the Kyrgyz Air Navigation Mamatnazar Jakipbayev, who died in a fight following the traffic accident.
Illustrated with examples, the uploaded information gives a reminder of points to pay attention to at various stages of shopping.
We should also pay attention to learn to play sitar, violin, tabla, harmonium and such other musical instruments.
Take some slow, deep breaths and pay attention to the One who breathed into the first human the breath of life (Genesis 2:7).
Summary: Emirati motorist did not pay attention to the truck and crashed into it from behind, say police
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.
"We know that 66 percent of alcohol buyers pay attention to packaging and nearly the same amount pay attention to label design," says Raul Exquer, brand manager at Heineken USA, based in White Plains, N.Y.
They also stressed the need to pay attention to scientific research in the field of Arabic language.