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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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  • To only one word of this enthusiastic outburst did Orlando pay attention.

  • She felt Tony pull at her skirts and say something, but was too busy to pay attention.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • I hope you pay attention to your studies also, and write often to your dear mother.

    Captain Brand of the "Centipede"

    H. A. (Henry Augustus) Wise
  • For they do not pay attention to the argument so much as to the character of the speaker.

    Eryxias An Imitator of Plato
  • But you mustn't sit still and not pay attention when we talk for ever and ever so long.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln

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