Heed, be attentive to, as in Now pay attention to these instructions. [Second half of 1700s]
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How to use pay attention in a sentence
One witness said the gunfire began after a traffic collision, which drew the attention of a nearby police officer.
First, they allow Paul to siphon off attention from whichever potential candidate is making news.
In short, fatherhood gets little attention in policy debates.
Anyone who tries to draw attention to threats instead of quietly burying them is worsening the problem.Cover-Ups and Concern Trolls: Actually, It's About Ethics in Suicide Journalism|Arthur Chu|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I was declared innocent, and they said I should pay $104,000.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
This attracted much attention, and the London journals praised the artist.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
His parents were peasants and he wrought as a day laborer till he attracted attention.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
The little crowd and the boats on the beach were right under them and no one paid any attention or seemed to be in a hurry.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
Now, on my first day here, you pay me back for what I did then—as if it needed paying back!Rosemary in Search of a Father|C. N. Williamson
“We shall make Mr. Pickwick pay for peeping,” said Fogg, with considerable native humour, as he unfolded his papers.The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club, v. 2(of 2)|Charles Dickens