Definition of pay attention in English:

pay attention


  • Take notice of someone or something.

    ‘students used to know how to pay attention, even when the lecture was boring’
    ‘if you pay attention to one thing, you have to ignore something else’
    ‘you've never paid that much attention to her opinions’
    • ‘The press demand the public pay attention to them.’
    • ‘No wonder big media have started to pay attention.’
    • ‘Some of his best poems begin simply with the act of listening, of readiness to be astonished, of paying attention.’
    • ‘To avoid cuts, you've really got to pay attention.’
    • ‘Like a determined sleuth, I followed the sound, hardly paying attention to the ground where I walked.’
    • ‘Somewhere east of the Mojave Desert my mother began to urge her brood to pay attention to the landscape.’
    • ‘Learning about the environment meant paying attention to don't litter signs.’
    • ‘The guys who aren't profitable aren't paying attention to the business end of things.’
    • ‘In my frantic sprint to reach the girl in time, I hadn't been paying attention to the ground below me.’
    • ‘Some communities have only recently begun paying attention to the debate.’
    listen, be attentive, attend, concentrate on, concentrate on hearing, give ear to, lend an ear to
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