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’
    • ‘Some of his best poems begin simply with the act of listening, of readiness to be astonished, of paying attention.’
    • ‘The guys who aren't profitable aren't paying attention to the business end of things.’
    • ‘Somewhere east of the Mojave Desert my mother began to urge her brood to pay attention to the landscape.’
    • ‘Like a determined sleuth, I followed the sound, hardly paying attention to the ground where I walked.’
    • ‘To avoid cuts, you've really got to pay attention.’
    • ‘No wonder big media have started to pay attention.’
    • ‘Some communities have only recently begun paying attention to the debate.’
    • ‘In my frantic sprint to reach the girl in time, I hadn't been paying attention to the ground below me.’
    • ‘The press demand the public pay attention to them.’
    • ‘Learning about the environment meant paying attention to don't litter signs.’
    listen, be attentive, attend, concentrate on, concentrate on hearing, give ear to, lend an ear to
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