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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He had ordered her not to go out evenings, and warned her that she must never let him catch her in com- pany with a young man, who was paying attention to her belonging to Colonel Lloyd.
Inayat, another villager, criticised the provincial and local governments for not paying attention to public issues.
ISLAMABAD: Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi on Tuesday said that the country needs to focus on its national interests and avoid paying attention to what the world is saying.
Is there anyone in the government paying attention to stop it whilst we can?
However, students are accountable for the work that needs to be done and to do well in order to graduate and have a good career they need to understand the importance of paying attention to their teachers.
ISLAMABAD -- Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) has urged the government for paying attention to improve cold chain and supply chain facilities to develop the agriculture sector of the country.
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.
But when we're paying attention to what's going around us - rather than inside of us - we have a better shot at remembering whatever's going on.
Just like a no-nonsense schoolmaster, Jesus sternly tells hHis disciples, "Listen very carefully to what I'm going to say..." Presumably, the disciples have not been paying attention to Jesus' pronouncement that He has to suffer and die in Jerusalem.
He said that Inqilab March had enhanced thinking of the people for paying attention to securing their rights and struggling for the same.
They are what visitor attention is, what visitors pay attention to while viewing exhibitions, why visitors pay attention, how the processes or mechanisms of attention work, and what factors interfere with paying attention to exhibits.
And when they started paying attention to the economy, they started paying attention to Agbaria-Zahalka: Her unabashedly socialist platform is attracting a growing amount of attention in recent months, from a series of ads featuring a wide array of Israelis ecstatically stating their support to the sudden swelling of attendance at her many public appearances.
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.