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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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They are paying attention to that city's high school students and others facing off against police in riot gear and to the report that 19 buildings and 144 vehicles were set on fire, and 202 people were arrested.
Work your way up through your body to the top of your head, just paying attention to each body part, noticing how each is feeling, without trying to change anything.
People wanted end of the vip culture, what sort of rulers they were who instead of paying attention to their failures, shortcomings and mistakes were abusing Pakistan army but they could not succeed in their nefarious objectives in this manner.
King is not paying attention again] by securing monopoly privileges or government subsidies."
She stressed the importance of paying attention to the environmental issues and environmental education, saying that the Gulf Cooperation Council states are seeking to start so by the child.
It is especially relevant to kids (and their parents) who have trouble focusing, or paying attention. The message is that the best way to get through to any preoccupied (or differently abled) child is with humor, love, kindness, and patience.
Washington, Sept 4 (ANI): Katie Holmes has now learned to listen carefully after inadvertently agreeing to go rock climbing during a meeting as she hadn't been paying attention to what was being said.
Ras Al Khaimah: An Omani national diedAaWednesday under the wheels of a heavy vehicle on Al Fillayah Street when he crossed the street without paying attention.
Indeed, artists are paying attention to them: For example, Stein conducted psychology experiments, Whitman studied brain anatomy, and Woolf read all she could about mental illness.
Paying attention to detail is the way to go when removing the co-pilot seat.
But this wasn't a school assembly where you get the odd one or two larking about without paying attention. This was a National Assembly plenary session in the chamber where vital decisions are made on the running of our country.
You shouldn't be paying attention on trying to move the goths, you should be paying attention to the people who go around raping people, breaking into shops, mugging people, all that stuff.
Paying attention to these signs can alert a processor to shut a mold down before the manifold is totally encapsulated.
LIFE COACH PATRICIA THOMAS SUGGESTS THAT THOSE IN SEARCH OF THEIR PURPOSE START BY PAYING ATTENTION TO WHAT LIFE IS SHOWING THEM.
the key point with solution-focused counseling is to pay attention to the times when the family is successful and to replicate those times by paying attention to the differences that precede them.